Dec. 2, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut men’s soccer team will travel to eighth-seeded Virginia for an NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal match set for Friday, December 6th at 7 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium. The Huskies are riding a 17-match unbeaten streak and have scored seven goals through the first three rounds of the tournament. The advancing team moves on to the NCAA College Cup, slated for Dec. 13 and 15 in Philadelphia. There will be a live stream of the game which can be accessed by clicking HERE. The match can also be heard live on WHUS.org, 91.7 FM.
The Huskies are fresh off a thrilling Third Round match with top-seeded UCLA, advancing past the Bruins in penalty kicks, 5-4. Freshman Cyle Larin netted two goals in regulation, upping his season goal total to a team-leading 14, while fellow rookie Kwame Awuah recorded his first collegiate score in the 57th minute.
Friday’s match will mark the seventh Quarterfinal game appearance for the Huskies under head coach Ray Reid since he took over the helm of the Huskies in 1997. Overall in NCAA Tournament play, Reid has led his team to a 22-9-7 record.
UConn and Virginia have met just three times in history, with the Huskies owning a 2-1 series edge. The sides last played in the 2008 NCAA Tournament, with UConn earning a 2-0 win over the UVA in a second-round match at Klöckner Stadium.
American Athletic Goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake boasts a 0.69 goals against average this season, having seen time in 20 games for the Huskies. The May Pen, Jamaica native has helped the Huskies advance in two straight penalty kick shootouts, most recently forcing two misses by the Bruins on Sunday night.
Virginia (12-5-5) is making its 18th Quarterfinal appearance after moving past Marquette, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers have netted 42 goals this season, led by a consistent offensive attack that features three players with at least five goals. In between the posts, Calle Brown has made six starts, making 20 saves and allowing five goals in just over 600 minutes of action.
The Huskies are ranked in the top-20 in shutout percentage (0.55), team goals against average (0.63) , won-lost-tied percentage (.727) and total assists (36).