Sophomore Marcos Ugarte
Oct. 24, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The men's soccer team upset the third-ranked Connecticut Huskies, 1-0, this afternoon at Glay Field, handing Connecticut its second loss of the season.
After being outshot in the first half, 3-2, the Friars carried the play to start the second. Their shining moment came in the 55th minute with a cross from senior Keith Jecewiz (Smithtown, N.Y.), finding the foot of teammate sophomore Marcos Ugarte (Providence, R.I.) who sent the ball screaming into the back of the net. The goal was Ugarte's second of the season, bringing his point total to six on the season. Jecewiz's assist brings his point total up to eight. The Friars led a vicious attack later in the second off another Jecewiz cross that forced Connecticut goalie, Andre Blake, to make an impressive stop.
The first half yielded no score, but was stressful for both sides. Connecticut had two opportunities coming as corners in the 23rd and 34th minutes, forcing the Friars to set a strong defensive front. The Friars' best opportunity came in the 21st minute with a blinding shot from sophomore Thomas Ballenthin (Lexington, Mass.). A few minutes later, Ugarte led another attack, sending a shot wide.
Today's game marked only the third time the Huskies have trailed a team all season, one being their only other loss coming from No. 5 Marquette on Oct. 6.
Friar goalie red-shirt sophomore Keasal Broome (Claymont, Del.) kept Friar hopes alive in the last 10 minutes of play registering two saves. In the end, the game marked the Friars first win against the Huskies since 2009, and improves the Friars' record to 4-9-2 (2-5-1 BIG EAST).
Before the game, Providence honored graduating seniors Byron Regester (Westerville, Ohio), Marc Cintron (Piscataway, N.J.) and Keith Jecewiz. They were joined by friends and family at half-field during a pre-game ceremony.
The win allows Providence the opportunity to still make the BIG EAST tournament as both Providence and Seton Hall enter Saturday with six BIG EAST points apiece, and tied in the Blue Division. The Friars will meet the Huskies again this Saturday, October 27 at Joseph Morrone Stadium on the Storrs campus for their final game of the regular season.
The victory will air on Cox Sports via tape delay. Scheduled air times include Sunday, Oct. 28 at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, Nov, 1 at 7:00 p.m.
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