Stephane Diop looks to lead UConn past JMU and into the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Nov. 25, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - The No. 5 UConn men’s soccer team will host the NCAA Third Round against No. 24 James Madison at Morrone Stadium on Sunday, November 27 at 1 p.m. UConn, the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament defeated Monmouth, 2-1, while No. 14 seeded JMU advanced past Wake Forest, 2-0.
The game can be heard live at WHUS.org and will be streamed live at www.uconnhuskies.com.
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LAST TIME OUT - DIOUF NOTCHES TWO
Connecticut won its first NCAA Tournament game since 2008 with a 2-1 victory over Monmouth at home. Mamadou Doudou Diouf scored two goals, including the game winner from the penalty spot in the 50th minute. UConn went down, 1-0, in the 26th minute but rallied with two goals to earn the victory. The 18th victory of the season is the most for UConn since the 2007 squad earned a 20-3-1 record. That team lost in the the NCAA Quarterfinals.
HUSKIES VS. THE DUKES
Sunday’s contest will be the first meeting between UConn and James Madison. UConn owns an all-time record of 13-5-3 against teams from the Colonial Athletic Association. The CAA had four teams reach the NCAA Tournament.
THE ROAD TO HOOVER, ALABAMA
With the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. UConn will host the entire way through until the 2011 College Cup in Hoover, Ala. UConn is 27-14-1 at home in the NCAA Tournament compared to 8-11-2 on the road.
UCONN IN NCAA TOURNAMENT PLAY
The Huskies are 35-25-4 in NCAA Tournament play, dating back to their first appearance in 1960. This year marks the 32nd overall and 14th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Huskies. UConn fell in penalty kicks in both 2009 and 2010. UConn fell at Monmouth in the first round in 2009 and at home to Brown in the second round in 2010.
HOME SWEET HOMEUConn is undefeated at home in 2011 at 11-0-1. The Huskies finished the 2010 season with an 8-0-3 record at home. The Huskies have been sensational in Storrs during Ray Reid’s tenure as head coach. Since 1997, UConn owns an incredible 153-27-14 (.823) record at home. UConn has lost more than twice at home just three times (‘06-6, ‘04-4, ‘01-3) in the 15 years that Ray Reid has manned the sidelines. UConn is riding a 23-game unbeaten streak at home dating back to a 1-0 defeat to Providence in the 2009 BIG EAST Tournament on November 7.
HUSKIES FALL JUST SHORT OF NCAA CONSECUTIVE SHUTOUT RECORD
Freshman keeper Andre Blake led UConn to a nine-game shutout streak that lasted an incredible 961:32 spanning 11 games from Sept. 4-Oct. 12. The NCAA record for consecutive games without allowing a goal is 11. The Huskies recorded nine-straight shutouts and set a program record, besting the previous record of eight held by Josh Ford (‘11) and the 2009 Huskies.
NEAT FREAKS - UCONN TIES PROGRAM SHUTOUT MARK
UConn continues to dominate on the defensive end this season, recording 15 shutouts in 22 games to tie the program record set by the 2000 National Championship team led by current staff members Chris Gbandi and Mike Mordocco. UConn ranks second in the nation with an incredible 0.38 goals against average in 2011. In 2010, UConn’s defense set the national standard, leading the country with a .33 goals against average. The Huskies recorded 13 shutouts last season and allowed just seven goals in 20 contests. The seven goals allowed marked the second-fewest ever for Connecticut. The 1948 National Championship team allowed a mere four goals in 11 games, finishing with a perfect 11-0 record.
UConn’s 2-0 loss at West Virginia marked the first time the Huskies allowed two goals in 37 games dating back to a 2-1 loss to Notre Dame on October 31, 2009.
UCONN FACES INCREDIBLE SCHEDULE
UConn has faced nine teams in the top-25 and six teams in the top-15. Connecticut tied No. 12 Notre Dame, 0-0, and defeated No. 7 Cal, No. 8 Louisville, No. 10 Boston College, No. 12 St. John’s, No. 14 Louisville and No. 23 Monmouth. UConn lost to No. 21 St. John’s in the BIG EAST Championship. UConn also played 12 games against teams that competed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. UConn is 9-1-2 thus far against NCAA Tournament competition.
RPI FACTS AND FIGURES
Connecticut stands at 6-2 against teams in the top-25 of the final RPI release (Wins - BC, Louisville x 2, SMU, St. John’s, PC) (Losses - West Virginia, St. John’s). The Huskies own a 8-2-1 mark against teams in the top-50 (Rutgers, ND, Yale).
HUSKIES HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO RALLY
Connecticut earned come-from-behind victories twice this season, including the NCAA Second Round against Monmouth (2-1). UConn also earned a 3-1 result at Rutgers on Nov. 6 in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals. The Huskies stand at 2-3-0 when the opponent scores the opening goal. UConn owns a perfect 16-0-0 record when scoring first.
UCONN RIGHTS A WRONG FROM 2009
The Huskies defeated Monmouth in the NCAA Second Round, 2-1. The Huskies avenged a loss in the 2009 NCAA First Round to the Hawks in penalty kicks.
BEAST OF THE BIG EAST
UConn took home two major awards at the BIG EAST banquet with Andre Blake named Goalkeeper of the Year and Andrew Jean-Baptiste named Defensive Player of the Year. Mamadou Doudou Diouf joined them on the All-BIG EAST First Team. Tony Cascio and Carlos Alvarez were All-BIG EAST Second Team selections. Jossimar Sanchez was named All-BIG EAST Third Team. The Huskies have tallied 25 BIG EAST Player of the Year awards since 1997 by 17 different players.
DIOUF A FORCE AT HOMEMamadou Doudou Diouf scored two goals at home against Monmouth in the NCAA Second Round. Diouf has scored 11 of his 12 goals in front of the home fans this season. Likewise, Carlos Alvarez has 14 of his 16 points at home. The Huskies have allowed just four goals in 12 home games.
This season, UConn stands at 2-1-2 in overtime games. The Huskies won back-to-back overtime games on Sept. 24 (Yale, 1-0 2OT) and Sept. 27 (Louisville, 1-0 2OT) for the first time since 1986. UConn finished 2010 at 0-0-6 in overtime games. UConn lost in penalty kicks in both the 2010 BIG EAST Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. Under Ray Reid, UConn owns a 24-13-36 record in extra time.
The Huskies have won the close ones in 2011 after failing to do so in 2010. Last season, UConn failed to win a single one-goal game. In 2011, the Huskies stand at 9-2 in one-goal games.
MATHESON STEPS UP IN THE CLUTCH
Freshman forward Allando Matheson missed the first two games of the season and has since scored four goals. All four goals have been of the game-winning variety. Matheson scored game winners against Boston University, St. John’s, Pittsburgh and Marquette.
UCONN OPENS SEASON WITH 11-STRAIGHT VICTORIES
The Huskies settled for a 0-0 tie at Notre Dame on Oct. 8 to improve to 11-0-1. UConn was 11-0 for the first time since 1998 and the third time overall. The Huskies opened 1998 with 15 consecutive wins and went 11-0 in 1948 to win the National Championship. UConn was the final team in the nation with a perfect record.
ALVAREZ MOVES UP IN ASSIST RANKINGS
UConn junior captain Carlos Alvarez currently ranks No. 8 all-time in assists at UConn with 31. He led the BIG EAST in 2010 with 14 and in 2009 with 11. He was named Rookie of the Year in 2009 and was named an All-BIG EAST First Team selection in 2010 and a Second Team choice in 2011.
MILESTONE VICTORY FOR Ray Reid
Ray Reid earned his 350th career victory on Friday, September 9 with a 1-0 result over Tulsa. By winning percentage, Ray Reid (.769 at the start of the 2011 season) ranks second among active coaches behind Akron’s Caleb Porter (.841 at the start of the 2011 season). Porter is in just his sixth year as a head coach.
CASCIO TOP OF HIS CLASS
Senior Tony Cascio was named a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award which promotes student-athletes that stay in school through graduation. CLASS is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School. The CLASS Award honors those with achievements in four areas of excellence - Community, Classroom, Character and Competition.
HUSKIES A MAINSTAY IN THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
UConn has been ranked in the Top-10 in the NSCAA poll for 24 straight weeks dating back to September 6 of 2010. UConn was ranked No. 22 in the 2010 preseason poll and jumped to No. 10 after the first week. The Huskies began the season at No. 8/5. Connecticut was No. 1 for four weeks from Sept. 27 - Oct. 23. (NSCAA/Soccer America)
BLAKE TAKES HOME THREE STRAIGHT WEEKLY AWARDS
Andre Blake tallied three straight weekly awards from the BIG EAST Conference from Sept. 26 - Oct. 10. He was named Goalkeeper of the Week on Oct. 10 after leading UConn to a program record with nine-straight shutouts. Blake recorded eight of the nine shutouts on his own, with Lionel Brown playing nearly nine minutes against Manhattan. Blake was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week on Sept. 26.
THE Ray Reid FILE
Ray Reid enters his 15th year as the head coach of the UConn men’s soccer program as he boasts a 217-73-37 record at UConn. In his career, Reid is 363-90-52 in his 22nd overall year as a head coach. Reid’s teams at UConn have garnered seven BIG EAST Regular Season titles, four BIG EAST Tournament titles, and the 2000 NCAA National Championship.
Since Reid took over at the helm of the UConn men’s soccer program, the Huskies have won seven regular season championships, including titles in almost every other year beginning in 1998. Under the leadership of Reid, the Huskies won the BIG EAST Regular Season title in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2009.