Men's Soccer Visits UConn in Tuesday Tilt
NEW YORK - After starting the Ivy League slate of its 2013 season with a pair of draws, the Columbia men's soccer team will head north on Tuesday to take on out-of-conference foe UConn at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. Kick-off in Storrs, Conn. is set for 7 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
Columbia picked up its second draw in the Ivy League portion of its schedule with a 0-0 showing against Penn at the Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium. Sophomore keeper Kyle Jackson stopped a penalty kick in the second overtime to preserve the tie.
REFUSING TO LOSE
Over their last seven matches, the Lions are 5-0-2. Columbia’s most recent streak of at least seven games without a loss came when they won the final five matches of 1995 and the first three of the 1996 campaign.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
UConn enters Tuesday contest with a 5-2-4 overall mark. The Huskies will be looking to cap a successful four-game homestand against Columbia, after going 2-0-1 against American Athletic Conference foes, UCF (2-2), Rutgers (1-0) and Memphis (3-0). On its home pitch at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium, UConn is 5-1-2.
The Huskies have been one of the toughest teams to score on in the nation, ranking 11th in goals against with a 0.59 team average, while posting five shutouts. Andre Blake has started eight games for UConn, recording three shutouts with a 0.71 GAA.
Offensively, first-year Cyle Larin paces the Huskies with nine points on four goals and an assist. Junior Adria Beso has been the playmaker, tallying four of UConn’s 10 assists this season.
LAST TIME VS. UCONN
Columbia and UConn have met only once, with the Lions romping the Huskies, 4-0, in the 1983 NCAA FInal Four in Storrs, Conn.
Over the last 580 minutes of competition, Columbia has allowed just three scores and has recorded four shutouts. Manhattan, LIU Brooklyn, Fordham and Penn have each been blanked by the Lions defense.
Through the first nine games of the 2013 season the Lions have racked up 15 goals, three more than the scored the entire 2012 season. In the Ivy League, Columbia trails only Penn who has scored 17 times this year, but has played two more games than the Lions. Columbia also leads the Ivy League with 14.0 shots per game, and is also pacing the conference with a 1.67 goals per game average.