Connecticut 2, Stony Brook 0 Nov.
Connecticut 2, Stony Brook 0Nov. 23, 2005
STORRS, Conn. -- Kevin Burns (Greenfield, Ind.) and O'Brian White (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada) each scored as the fourth-ranked and eighth-seeded University of Connecticut men's soccer team defeated Stony Brook, 2-0, in second round of NCAA Tournament action at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium Wednesday. The Huskies will take on Akron, who defeated West Virginia 5-0, in the third round on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Storrs.
UConn's offense was steadfast from the opening whistle, putting up 10 shots in the first half and 12 in the second, while the defense stifled the Seawolves counterattack to account for a 22-3 shot advantage and a 7-2 corner kick margin. Wednesday's game marks the 13th shutout for the Huskies, moving this year's team into third place in the school record books for season shutouts and elevates goalkeeper Adam Schuerman's (Brookfield, Ind.) ever-growing record to 38 scoreless career games.
Schuerman's counterpart, Stony Brook's E.J. Xikis, was stellar between the pipes, stopping eight shots from UConn's unwavering attack to keep the Huskies at bay until midway through the second period. White had several good looks up front and led the barrage of shots with nine on the day, but despite several good opportunities for the freshman forward and Dori Arad (Hahotrim, Israel) in the first half, the game remained scoreless until the 65th minute.
It was at that point that Willis Forko (Houston, Texas) controlled the ball on UConn's offensive end before sending a cross to White in front of the goal. White got his head on it and sent the ball to Burns, who poked it into the net from four yards out to notch his second goal of the season and put the Huskies on top.
Mixed into the Husky offensive onslaught, the Seawolves had two close chances to score in the ensuing 10-plus minutes of play following the tally. Michael Palacio brought the ball downfield for Stony Brook and took a far-range shot, causing Schuerman to make one of his two saves on the day. Chris Scarpati came back with it about three minutes later and, with just under 15 minutes to play, played the ball deep in the penalty box to draw Schuerman out of the six-yard area. The senior keeper batted the ball out of play to set up a corner kick for Stony Brook, but UConn's defense prevented them from taking advantage of the opportunity.
The Huskies continued to push forward down the stretch and finally capitalized early in the 89th minute of play. Chukwudi Chijindu (Fontana, Calif.) brought the ball in from midfield, bypassing Stony Brook's defense and bringing the keeper, Xikis, off his line. Unable to get a clear shot off, he passed the ball to White from the endline, giving him the chance to send the ball into the open net and secure the 2-0 victory for the Huskies.
This will be the first trip to the third round of action since the 2002 season when UConn advanced to the quarterfinals.
Tickets for the third round of the NCAA College Cup will be available starting Friday morning from the UConn ticket office by calling 877-AT-UCONN. All tickets are general admission and will be priced as follows: $8.00 for adults 18 and over and $5.00 for seniors, children and students. The Morrone Stadium box office will open at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
-- Courtesy Connecticut