[Sept. 28, 2009 update - Cruz Hernandez scored his first goal of the season, as the University of Connecticut men's soccer team downed Syracuse 2-0 in BIG EAST Conference play on Sunday night. After its BIG EAST sweep over the weekend with wins over the Orange and St. John's, UConn improves to 4-2-2 overall and 3-1-0 in the conference.]
(Sept. 25, 2009) – 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 toward 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.
Hernandez makes the shot
UConn dominated in Friday’s contest. The Huskies out-shot 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 – 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. 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 toward the net that was stopped by a diving Carrillo.
Ford earned his fourth shutout of the year with three saves on the night.
Carrillo picked up five saves for the Red Storm.
The Huskies registered six shots on goal compared to St. John’s three and UConn came away with the dominating victory.
Kick for Nick
The UConn men’s soccer team also collected 82 soccer balls for KICK FOR NICKTM http://www.kickfornick.org/ thanks to the fans who attended tonight’s contest that made the donations.
The Huskies next game was scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 27 hosting the Syracuse Orange in BIG EAST action at Morrone Stadium.
Posted Sept. 27, 2009