Sept. 26, 2009

Courtesy of UConn

STORRS, Conn. - Senior captain Kwame Watson-Siriboe headed a rebound into the back of the net for his second goal of the season as the University of Connecticut men's soccer team defeated No. 18 St. John's 1-0 in front of a sold out crowd of 4,785 fans on Friday night at Morrone Stadium.

UConn's Alan Ponce drilled a shot from about 10-yards outside of the goal area at the 39:42 mark but was stopped by St. John's Derby Carrillo who deflected the ball towards the front of the net. Watson-Siriboe, who positioned himself perfectly for the rebound, used his head and put the ball into the top right corner of the net just seconds later to give the Huskies the 1-0 lead and the eventual win.

With the victory, UConn improves to 3-2-2 on the year and 2-1-0 in the BIG EAST Conference, while St. John's falls to 2-2-3 overall and 1-1-1 in the league.

UConn dominated in tonight's contest as the Huskies outshot and out-played the Red Storm in front of one of the best crowds in collegiate soccer. The Huskies held an 18-9 shot advantage on the night, while holding their Nationally-ranked opponent to just two shots in the first half.

The Huskies had some good looks at the net in the first half, including two shots from senior Cruz Hernandez. In the 12th minute, Hernandez dribbled down the field and made space for a shot but his attempt from 25-yards out missed wide left of the target. His second opportunity in the half came in the 18th minute but Carrillo was able to get his hands on it to make the stop.

Sophomore Tony Cascio also took two shots in the first half, both of which were headers that missed just high of the cross bar off of corner kicks from freshman Carlos Alvarez.

UConn continued to control the ball as well as the tempo of the game in the second half and once again limited St. John's scoring opportunities. Freshman Stephane DIOP also got into the action for the Huskies as he made a nice move to cut through two defenders but missed wide on his second shot of the game.

In the 51st minute of play, St. John's Adam Himeno was able to get a shot off near the goal but UConn goalkeeper, Josh Ford, came out of the box and blocked the shot sent in by Himeno. Ford followed with another great save as Walter Hines sent a shot into the goal area that he was able to get his gloves on.

Cascio had another solid look at the net in the 56th minute as he broke through the Red Storm defense but his attempt missed wide. Alvarez followed with his own look as he dribbled by two defenders into the open field and lined a low shot towards the net that was stopped by a diving Carrillo.

With the win, Ford earned his fourth shutout of the year as he made three saves on the night. Carrillo picked up five saves for the Red Storm. The Huskies registered six shots on goal opposed to St. John's three as UConn came away with the dominating victory.

The UConn men's soccer team also collected 82 soccer balls for KICK FOR NICKTM, thanks to the fans who attended tonight's contest that made the donations.

The Huskies will return to action on Sunday, Sept. 27 as they host the Syracuse Orange in BIG EAST action at Morrone Stadium. Game time is set for 6:00 p.m. while it is also Northeast District Night and Soccerfest that evening.