Nov. 26, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The No. 10 University of Connecticut men's soccer team is set to face No. 1 UCLA this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. in the Third Round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament.
The Huskies and Bruins have met on the pitch just four times in history, with the most recent match coming 25 years ago in the 1988 season, in which UCLA took home a 1-0 victory at home. The series dates back to the 1979 season, when UConn captured a 2-1 win in its first match of the season. Overall, the Huskies hold a 2-1-1 all-time series edge.
UConn, which has advanced to the Third Round of the tournament in each of the last three seasons, earned a 2-2 No. 5 UMBC on Sunday night, advancing 4-2 in penalty kicks. Freshman midfielder Cyle Larin scored his team-leading 12th goal early in the second half, and senior forward Mamadou Doudou Diouf netted a score for the second straight game to pace the Huskies in regulation.
Three-time conference Goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake made two huge saves in the penalty kick shootout, and Conference Midfielder of the Year Adria Beso buried the Huskies' final penalty kick attempt to advance the Huskies in the national tournament.
The Huskies are in the midst of a 16-game unbeaten streak and have out-scored their opponents, 14-3, in their last eight matches. The Huskies rank fourth in the nation in both team goals against average (0.53) and shutout percentage (0.57). Blake has started 18 games for the Huskies, earning 10 shutouts and recording a 0.59 GAA, which is good for seventh in the country.
The Bruins, who tallied 554 points in the most recent NSCAA National Poll, boast a 12-3-4 this season, including a 7-2-1 mark at home. UCLA is led by junior midfielder Leo Stolz, who has netted nine goals in 19 matches this season and senior forward Victor Chavez, who has added eight goals of his own. In between the posts, Earl Edwards Jr. has made every start for the Bruins, tallying seven shutouts and making 70 saves for a .769 save percentage.
UCLA advanced to the Third Round with a 4-0 victory over Elon on Sunday.