Nov. 2, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU men's soccer team fell, 1-0, to No. 20 UConn in American Athletic Conference action on Saturday night at Westcott Field. With the loss, the Mustangs finish the 2013 regular season with a 3-11-2 overall record, and a 2-4-2 conference mark, while the Huskies finish 9-2-5 and 4-0-4 in league action.
"I'm really proud of the way our team played today," Head Coach Tim McClements said. "Whenever you play a UConn team you're always concerned about their athleticism, they have a lot of good soccer players and a lot of athletes. I felt like we were able to play good soccer throughout, and I thought we were able to move the ball and maintain possession, which created good opportunities."
The lone goal of the match came in the third minute as UConn freshman Cyle Larin found the back of the net from just inside the 18-yard box for his team-leading eighth goal of the season.
"They scored a goal early in the game, which obviously we were very disappointed about," McClements added, "but I thought we fought to try and get that goal back, but it just didn't happen."
Offensive production was nearly even in the match, though, as the Huskies narrowly edged out the Mustangs in shots (9-8) and shots on goal (3-2). SMU did have the 7-4 advantage in shots during the second frame.
Both Jaime Ibarra and his counterpart Andre Blake were forced to make a pair of saves in the contest.
Offensively, SMU was led by sophomore Alfred Koroma and junior Andrew Morales. The pair combined for five of the Mustangs' shots, while Morales and junior Damian Rosales had the team's two shots on goal.
"I thought our team did a great job responding to the physical play in the match," McClements said. "We moved the ball around, and we did that well. That gives us opportunities in a match like this and creates chances for us."
The Mustangs will get another opportunity to best the Huskies, as the teams are set for a quarterfinal match-up on Saturday, Nov. 9 in Storrs, Conn. SMU is the No. 7 seed in the inaugural American tournament, while UConn earned the No. 2 seed. Kick off is slated for 4 p.m. CT. Check SMUMustangs.com for ways to follow.