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No. 10 UConn Prepares For An NCAA Tournament Second Round Showdown With UMBC

Diouf celebrated his 35th career goal on Thursday against Quinnipiac.

Nov. 23, 2013

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STORRS, Conn. – The No. 10 University of Connecticut men’s soccer team is set for an NCAA Tournament Second Round showdown with nationally-ranked UMBC on Sunday, November 24th at 5 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park in Baltimore, Md. The Huskies enter the match with a 12-2-6 record in 2013 and boast a 15-game unbeaten streak. The match can be heard live on, 91.7 FM.

UConn advanced to the Second Round after a 2-1 victory over in-state foe Quinnipiac on Thursday evening at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. Senior captain Mamadou Diouf netted his first goal of 2013 at the 80:51 mark and moved into ninth-place all-time in UConn history with 35 goals. The Dakar, Sengal native has tallied a career-high three assists this season.

The Connecticut defense has allowed just one goal in the past 675 game minutes, logging six shutouts in its past seven matches. Junior keeper Andre Blake ranks fifth in Division I Men’s soccer with a 0.51 goals against average. As a team, UConn ranks third in the country with a 0.47 GAA and fourth with a 0.60 shutout percentage.

The Huskies and Retrievers have never met on the pitch, although the two teams have shared a common opponent this season. UConn defeated St. Francis (N.Y), 1-0, in its opening match of the season, while UMBC dispatched the Terriers, 3-1, earlier this season.

UMBC won its first America East regular season crown since 2003 after completing an undefeated (5-0-2) conference season and captured their third tournament title and NCAA automatic bid in the last four years.

The Huskies have won five of their last seven NCAA tournament matches dating back to the 2011 season.