Freshman Deshawon Nembhard
Nov. 6, 2013
|SMU (3-11-2, 2-4-2) vs. No. 14 UConn (9-2-5, 4-0-4)|
|Date & Start Time||Saturday, Nov. 9 at 4:00 p.m. CT|
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Mustangs Fall To No. 20 UConn, 1-0
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.
The Mustangs and Huskies are set for a quarterfinal rematch in Storrs, Conn., on Saturday. Less than a week ago, SMU fell, 1-0, to then-No. 20 UConn at Westcott Field. The Huskies scored the lone goal of the match in the third minute, when freshman Cyle Larin netted his team-leading eighth goal of 2013.
For the remainder of the match, offensive production was nearly equal as UConn narrowly edged out the Ponies in shots (9-8) and shots on goal (3-2). Junior Andrew Morales and sophomore Alfred Koroma combined for five shots, while senior Jaime Ibarra picked up a pair of saves.
Scouting The Huskies...
No. 14 UConn finished the season as the No. 2 seed in the American Athletic Conference Tournament. With a 4-0-4 league mark, the Huskies were narrowly edged out by No. 7 Louisville for the top spot in the inaugural tournament.
Freshman Cyle Larin leads UConn in goals (8) and points (18), while Adria Beso also has a team-leading seven assists for seven points on the season. Andre Blake, who was selected as the unanimous preseason Goalkeeper of the Year, sports a 7-2-5 record, with seven shutouts. The junior has 20 saves and a .60 goals-against-average.
As a team, UConn is outscoring its opponents 21-9, and holds a 245-103 advantage in shots.
Following the Nov. 2 match-up, the Mustangs are 1-4 all-time against the Huskies. SMU kicked off the series with a 4-2 win over then-No. 3 UConn on Sept. 11, 1983. The last four matches, however, have gone to the Huskies. Prior to 2013, the most recent was a 1-0 setback against then-No. 3 UConn at the Tulsa Classic on Sept. 11, 2011.
Taking a glimpse at other match-ups in the American Athletic Conference Tournament, No. 8 Rutgers and No. 9 Cincinnati square up in a play-in match in which the winner meets No. 1 Louisville in the quarterfinals. The Cardinals defeated Rutgers, 3-1, on Oct. 12, but fell to UC, 2-0, in Cincinnati on Oct. 23. UCF is the No. 3 seed and will face a Memphis team it defeated, 1-0, in 2013. In the match between the No. 4 and 5 seeds, Temple and USF square off with each team looking for a victory after the pair played to a 1-1 draw during the regular season.
Senior Jaime Ibarra, sophomore Leobardo Vazquez and freshman Deshawon Nembhard have represented the Mustangs earning conference weekly awards this season. Ibarra was named the Goalkeeper of the Week on Sept. 23, Vazquez Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 14 and Nembhard Rookie of the Week on Sept. 16.
Vazquez was also named to the topdrawersoccer.com National Team of the Week and was the dallassoccernews.com Player of the Week on Oct. 14 and 15, respectively.
The Mustangs have played more top 25 teams than any other team in the American Athletic Conference this season. Opponents include current No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 3 Washington, No. 7 Louisville, No. 14 UConn and preseason No. 1 Indiana.
Sophomore Will Smith was named CoSIDA Academic All-District for his efforts in the classroom and on the pitch. The business-finance major has appeared in 14 matches for the Mustangs and has a pair of assists. He has been named to the SMU Honor Roll on four occasions and was awarded the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medal twice.
The 2013 tournament concludes at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, with the semifinals taking place on Nov. 15 and the championship set for Nov. 17. SMU serves as the host institution regardless of its success in the tournament. Tickets for the event can be purchased at TicketMaster.com.