Nov. 16, 2013
Frisco, Texas – The No. 11 University of Connecticut men’s soccer team is set to compete for its eighth-ever conference title on Sunday at Toyota Stadium when it takes on USF at 2 p.m. ET in the American Athletic Conference Championship game. The Huskies (11-2-5, 4-0-4) are riding a 13-game unbeaten streak and have shutout their opponents in five straight matches. The match can be seen on ESPN3 and will be broadcasted live at WHUS.org, 91.7 fm. There will also be a tape delay on ESPNU Sunday at 11:30 p.m. ET.
Connecticut has cruised to two victories in the 2013 tournament, out-scoring SMU and UCF by a combined 7-0 margin. Freshman Cyle Larin, who was named the conference Rookie of the Year on Thursday, has scored in seven of UConn’s last eight matches and leads The American with 11 overall goals. Larin recorded the game-winner against UCF on Friday night, finding the back of the net at the 7:13 mark.
Three-time conference Goalkeeper of the Year, Andre Blake, has not allowed a goal in over 475 minutes, dating back to a second half goal against then-ranked No. 7 Louisville on Oct. 19. Blake has nine shutouts in 2013, and boasts 0.53 goals against average.
Head coach Ray Reid, who is in his 17th year at the helm of the Huskies, has led Connecticut to four of its seven conference titles. His squad last took home a tournament championship in 2007 when UConn defeated Notre Dame, 2-0, to earn its final BIG EAST Championship.
Earlier this season, UConn and USF played to a 1-1 draw in Tampa, Fla., as George Fochive recorded his first Division I goal at the 2:55 mark. The game quickly turned into a defensive battle as the two teams combined for just 10 shots in regulation. The No. 4 seeded Bulls advanced to the tournament final after defeating Rutgers, 2-1 on Friday night. Senior forward Stiven Salinas connected on a golden-goal just three minutes into the second overtime.
The Huskies lead the all-time series 8-0-1, dating back to the first meeting in 1988.