Sept. 6, 2009

Courtesy of Connecticut

STORRS, Conn. (Sept. 5, 2009) – The No. 12/13 University of Connecticut men’s soccer team fell to No. 23/24 Boston University by a score of 3-0 on Saturday night in non-conference action at Morrone Stadium.

The Boston University Terriers (1-0-1) scored one goal in the first half then added two in the second to defeat the Huskies, who even their record out to 1-1-0 with their first loss of the season.

Throughout the contest, both teams remained aggressive, finishing with six shots on goals each as Boston University out-shot the Huskies 14-13 overall on the night, including 11 shots in the second half alone.

Despite the loss, the Huskies had a few good looks at net, beginning in the 22nd minute as senior Mike Pezza drilled a shot from the top of the box but the Terriers’ goalkeeper Hrafn Davidsson was able to get a hand on it to force it out of bounds. Pezza then took the corner kick for the Huskies but his kick was cleared out of the goal box by a BU defender.

In the 23rd minute junior Alan Ponce snuck by two defenders and got a shot off but again Davidsson was able to make the stop. Senior Toni Stahl, who was playing in his first game of the season, recorded his lone attempt at the 24:22 mark but missed the target wide.

Boston’s Ben Berube put the Terriers up 1-0 at 29:11 as he fired a shot through the defense and past a diving Josh Ford into the lower right corner of the net.

UConn began the second half controlling both the ball and tempo of the game but their chances of a score were cut short as Davidsson finished the night with six saves. Ford made back-to-back saves in the 63rd and 64th minutes and finished the night with three saves, all of which came in the second half.

In the 54th minute, freshman Carlos Alvarez crossed the ball into the box and found Ponce one-on-one with a defender before the junior’s header was grabbed by Davidsson. Ponce had another opportunity in the 57th minute as he got a foot on the ball off a throw in by junior Greg King but his attempt missed wide.

Senior Kwame Watson-Siriboe connected on a Pezza corner just under two minutes but his header was just high over the crossbar. Ford made a great save in the 65th minute as he leaped in the air and got a hand on a Berube shot to keep it out of the net. Stephen Knox’s header in the 70th minute was also stopped by Ford as the junior made another save to keep the score within one.

The Huskies threatened once again in the 73rd minute as Pezza started things off with a corner kick that was punched out of the goal box by Davidsson. On the rebound, Alvarez was able to get control of the ball and pass it to Cascio, whose shot missed wide left, keeping the sore 1-0 in BU’s favor.

Aaron O’Neal scored the Terriers two second half goals in the 86th and 90th minutes to cap off the night.

UConn will return to action on Friday, Sept. 11 as the Huskies travel to Hanover, N.H. for the Dartmouth Invitational. On Friday, the Huskies will take on the No. 10/14 Big Green in a 7:00 p.m. match-up before facing Iona on Sunday, Sept. 13 at noon.