September 29, 2012
GIVING UP A GOAL
Huskies shutout streak ends in 2-1 win
STORRS, Conn. – Senior defender Flo Liu and senior midfielder Carlos Alvarez scored first half goals to give No. 2 University of Connecticut a 2-1 win over No. 8 Notre Dame in front of a sell-out crowd of 5,100 fans at Morrone Stadium on Saturday night.
|Carlos Alvarez scored a goal an assisted on the other as UConn beat Notre Dame 2-1.
The Huskies improve to 9-0-1 (2-0-0 Big Esat). Notre Dame dropped to 8-2-0 (0-2-0 Big East).
With the victory, Connecticut extended its home unbeaten streak to 32 games, the seventh longest streak in NCAA history. UConn has opened the season undefeated in 10 straight games for the third time under Ray Reid (1998, 2011).
Notre Dame’s second-half goal was the first blemish against the Andre Blake and the UConn defense in five games spanning 438:08.
UConn’s first chance of the night came off the head of Mamadou Doudou Diouf in the 15th minute, forcing a save from Notre Dame keeper Will Walsh. Jossimar Sanchez followed in the 16th minute with a hard shot from 35 yards out that was saved by Walsh.
The Huskies opened the scoring with a penalty kick from Carlos Alvarez in the 29th minute to go ahead 1-0. The goal was his fifth of the season.
Alvarez played Sophomore Allando Matheson in with a through ball splitting the two center backs. Matheson took a touch to his left and was taken down by Walsh. Alvarez stepped up and buried his second penalty kick of the season.
Liu made it 2-0 with his first career goal in the 36th minute. Alvarez took a shot from the top of the box that was blocked by a sliding ND defender. The ball bounced to the left where Liu one-timed home a shot off the cross bar and in. Alvarez tallied his sixth assist of the season on the play.
“The ball came to me and I just had to bury it. It took me two seconds to realize I scored actually,” said Liu. “Carlos and Allando did a great job setting that up and the ball rolled right to me off Carlos’ shot.”
Notre Dame midfielder Dillon Powers made it 2-1 in the 49th minute with a right-footed shot from the top-right corner of the box that curled past Blake and just inside the left post.
Blake kept it at 2-1 with an excellent save in the 66th minute off the foot of Harrison Shipp from 25 yards out.
Notre Dame, the highest ranked team UConn has played this season, pressured the Huskies throughout the remaining 24 minutes. The Irish finished with six corners and five in the second half but failed to beat the Connecticut defense for the equalizer.
UConn will hit the road for two BIG EAST Blue Division contests against No. 5 Georgetown on Wednesday at 3 p.m. and at No. 10 Marquette on Saturday at 7 p.m. EST.
Marquette (10-0-0) is one of just three teams in the nation with a perfect record while Georgetown comes into the game at 10-0-1.