October 24, 2012
Friars hand UConn second loss
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Marcos Ugarte scored the only goal as Providence College pulled off a stunning 1-0 upset of the third-ranked Connecticut Huskies, 1-0, Wednesday afternoon at Glay Field, handing UConn only 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 game winner came in the 55th minute with a cross from senior Keith Jecewiz , finding the foot of Ugarte 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 . A few minutes later, Ugarte led another attack, sending a shot wide.
Wednesday’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.
Red shirt goalkeeper sophomore Keasal Broome kept Friar hopes alive in the last 10 minutes registering two saves. The win was the first for the Friars against the Huskies since 2009, and improves the Friars’ record to 4-9-2 (2-5-1 BIG EAST).
The win keeps Providence's hopes of making the Big East tournament alive, as both the Friars 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.