Nov. 12, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – The No. 11 University of Connecticut men’s soccer team will travel to Frisco, Texas to face Central Florida in an American Athletic Conference Semifinal match on Friday, November 15th at 8:30 p.m. ET. The Huskies (10-2-5, 4-0-4 The American) enter the contest on a season-high 12 game unbeaten streak after defeating SMU, 5-0, in their conference quarterfinal game on November 9th.
UConn ranks third in the nation with a 0.50 team goals against average and is tied for fourth among all NCAA Division I teams with a 0.59 shutout percentage. Junior keeper Andre Blake has been nearly perfect in his return to the lineup, helping lead the Huskies to four consecutive shutouts, during which they have out-scored opponents, 8-0.
Connecticut is searching for its eighth conference tournament title, and first in The American. The Huskies last took home a conference tournament crown in 2007, when they captured their final BIG EAST Championship.
The Huskies met with the Knights earlier this season, playing to a 2-2 draw. Allando Matheson netted a goal with :01 second remaining in the first half to cut the UCF lead to 2-1, and the Huskies were able to grab a goal from freshman Cyle Larin in the second half, forcing the draw.
UCF is led by sophomore forward Romario Williams who has tallied 22 points, on 10 goals in 2013. The Knights earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament, finishing with 15 points and a 4-1-3 record in conference play. Friday’s match will be the sixth all-time between the two programs, with UConn holding a 4-0-1 edge over their conference rivals.
In addition to earning the No. 11 ranking in the NSCAA poll, UConn jumped up to No. 5 in the Soccer America top-25 and No. 10 in TopDrawerSoccer.com’s weekly poll.