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November 18, 2012
Nets game winner as UConn advances

Mamadou Doudou Diouf scored the game winner for UConn, who shut out Northeastern 1-0
Mamadou Doudou Diouf scored the game winner for UConn, who shut out Northeastern 1-0
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STORRS, Conn. – Connecticut junior forward Mamadou Doudou Diouf notched his 14th goal of the season as UConn downed Northeastern, 1-0, in the NCAA Second Round held at Morrone Stadium in front of 4,675 fans on Sunday afternoon.

“They are a very good team. Very well coached,” said UConn Head Coach Ray Reid. “They only lost two games going into today. Won their conference. They’re a good team. They gave us all we could handle today.”

With the victory, UConn (16-3-1) advances to the NCAA Third Round and will host the winner of Virginia at New Mexico which kicks off at 9 p.m. EST Sunday. The NCAA Third Round will be played at Morrone Stadium beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 25.

“Getting a win today is a great feeling, we all know that it’s tournament time and NCAA time,” said UConn goalkeeper Andre Blake. “It’s now or never. Every team is going to bring it. We’ve been in this situation last year and we know what it is like. We know it’s always going to be a fight. Today was a fight and we just came out better in the end.”

Blake needed two saves to earn his 11th shutout of the season.

Northeastern (14-3-4) played a physical game in the opening half and the Huskies capitalized on free kick from the right side in the 24th minute. Max Wasserman drove a ball in from the right side that was punched out by Oliver Blum, but only as far as the top of the box. George Fochive headed back into the box where Diouf turned a one-time shot into the lower right corner.

“I saw that the ball was going outside (the box), I know George (Fochive) from where he was would only be able to put the ball back with his head," said Diouf. "It was a lot of traffic in there, I didn’t try to control it. I just one-time finish in there.”

Northeastern outshot UConn, 10-5, including a 5-1 edge in the first half. The NU Huskies had chances, but failed to put a shot on net in the opening 45 minutes.

Northeastern’s Nikko Lara executed a flip-throw from the left side for the first chance of the match in the 10th minute, resulting in a shot wide left from inside the box by Simon Cox.

Connecticut created an excellent chance 10 minutes into the second half with a spell of quick passing in the midfield, highlighted by a give-and-go with Carlos Alvarez and Max Wasserman on the right side. Alvarez tried to send a pass from the right end line towards Diouf at the penalty spot but the NU defense cleared it away.

NU forward Don Anding, the CAA Player of the Year, had a chance in the 77th minute but pushed a shot from the left corner of the box wide left.

Diouf had a chance to put the game out of reach but hit the cross bar in the 88th trying to chip Blum from 20 yards out.

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