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Upset Watch. Key College Soccer Contests On Tap This Weekend Coast To Coast

Upset alert. The potential for upsets exists this weekend in key matchups across the country.  Teams have now settled in and developed a rhythm on both sides of the ball but the grind can take a toll and the margin for error is always small when talented teams face each other.


Virginia (10-0-0) at Boston College (7-2-2) – Friday – This ACC matchup belongs at the top of the potential upset watch list. The number one ranked Cavaliers have been sharp on both sides of the ball but they face a tough challenge when they travel to tangle with a young Boston College team that has matured as the season has progressed. The Eagles are undefeated in their last five contests during which they upset highly regarded Wake Forest 2-1 at home and tied nationally ranked Virginia Tech 2-2 on the road. 


SMU (9-0-1) at South Florida (6-2-0) – Friday – Add this one to the potential upset watch list. SMU comes into this American Athletic Conference contest in Tampa off a high profile and emotional 3-3 tie with Central Florida at home. It is a plus that the Mustangs had the grit to be able to come from two goals down to secure the tie but problematic that they put themselves in that situation.  The Mustangs have a high-powered attack led by forward Garrett McLaughlin (9g, 2a) and defender Eddie Munjoma (6g, 6a) among others that is averaging 3.4 goals per contest and a lock down defense that has been very effective with the exception of the contest with Central Florida.

South Florida’s resume to date includes a 2-0 win at home over Louisville. The Bulls have played well with the exception of a disappointing 2-0 loss at home to Ohio State during which they failed to take advantage of the scoring opportunities that came their way. South Florida has the chance of pulling off the upset if they put together two complete halves of play and finish their scoring opportunities. If they can’t, SMU will take charge of the match and depart Tampa with a win. 


Oregon State (5-4-1) at Washington (10-1-0) – Sunday – Washington returns to the friendly confines of Husky Soccer Stadium after topping Stanford 2-1 and California 1-0 on the road last week. The Huskies are averaging 2.09 goals per game while allowing only .45.  Oregon State comes into this one off a 2-1 loss to California and a 1-1 tie with Stanford.  The Beavers have not had the season to date that many thought they might have but nonetheless they have several players with big play ability who could pose problems for Washington if they get into a grove.  Oregon State has defeated Washington three out of the last five times the teams have faced each other.  

Washington is 5-0-0 at home this year and should extend that streak this weekend if they play to their potential and don’t let up.


St. Mary’s (9-1-0) at Santa Clara (6-3-1) – Saturday – On paper this West Coast Conference matchup should be all St. Mary’s but games are not played on paper. Santa Clara comes into the contest with the momentum that comes with a four-game winning streak that has included three consecutive shutouts.

This one could be interesting if, and that’s a big if, the Bronco defense anchored by freshman goalkeeper Guillem Badenes Mecho and sophomore center back Emil Christensen can contain a very high-powered St. Mary’s attack that is fueled by Anders Engebretsen (9g, 7a), Joseph Restani (7g, 2a) and Jake Rudel (4g, 1a). 


Marshall (8-1-1) at Charlotte (8-0-2) – Saturday – Something has to give in this one. Charlotte has been solid on both sides of the ball and is undefeated after ten games for the first time since the 1991 season. The 49ers are tough to beat in general but even more so when they are playing at home. Marshall is also having a banner season so this one shapes up to be one of the better contests of the weekend. The Herd has won their last four games during which they outscored their opponents fourteen to two. Charlotte and Marshall are both 3-0-0 in CUSA play.  


Michigan (5-2-3) at Indiana (7-1-3) – Sunday - Michigan is undefeated in their past seven games (4-0-3) and is 2-0-2 in Big Ten play.  The Wolverine defense anchored in goal by Andrew Verdi has posted four straight shutouts.  Transfer forward Nebosja Popovic (6g, 3a) has added another dimension to a Michigan offense that already included several very explosive finishers.

Indiana is unbeaten in their last thirty-two home matches at Jerry Yeagley Field which speaks volumes but Michigan has a chance to halt that streak if they are able to successfully apply pressure on the offensive side of the ball while remaining organized defensively.  Indiana’s backline of senior Simon Weaver, redshirt junior A.J. Palazzolo, redshirt freshman Daniel Munie, and sophomore jack Maher will be tested in this one. Ditto that for the Michigan backline of senior Abdou Samake, juniors Austin Swiech, Jackson Ragen and Joel Harrison and freshman Carter Payne. 


Villanova (7-3-1) at St. John’s (10-1-0) – Saturday – The margin for error for both teams is small in this Big East Conference game that will take place in Belson Stadium. Defense has been Villanova’s calling card so far this year. The Wildcats anchored in goal by Carson Williams have allowed only three goals in eleven contests and will come into this one off a 1-0 win over a very good James Madison team. Nine of Villanova’s eleven games so far this year have been 1-0 contests. All three of their losses were 1-0 games. The Wildcats opened the year with a 5-0 win over Delaware but have only scored a total of six goals in their next ten matches. St. John’s has a balanced offense led by Tani Oluwaseyi (7g, 1a) that has produced a total of twenty-four goals and a stout defense that has allowed only five.

Chances are pretty good that this one will be decided by a single goal. Lapses in play on the defensive side of the ball will be costly.  


FIU (8-0-3) at Kentucky (6-1-3) – Sunday - This is among the more intriguing matchups of the weekend. Both teams are very good but question marks exist regarding just how good.  Both teams have talented finishers who are capable of taking over a game. This one will come down to which team gets into a rhythm and puts in a solid ninety minutes of play. Look for the play in goal of Daniel Gagliardi for FIU and Enrique Facusse for Kentucky to play a key role in the outcome. FIU is 3-0-0 in CUSA play while Kentucky is 1-0-1. Kentucky comes into this game after a scoreless tie on the road Wednesday night against Indiana. FIU squandered a two goal lead against in-state foe FGCU on the road on Tuesday night but rallied to prevail 3-2 in overtime.


Virginia Tech (6-2-2) at Pitt (5-4-2) – Friday - Virginia Tech is experienced and battle tested. Pitt is still a work in progress but a dangerous work in progress to face. Edward Kizza (7g, 2a) is at the heart of Pitt’s attack. Kristo Strickler (8g, 3a) is the main man in Virginia Tech’s offense.  Both are capable of taking over the contest.  The Hokies come into this one off a scoreless tie on the road with Clemson.  Pitt comes into the match off a 6-0 win over Howard. This ACC contest is up for grabs.


UC Santa Barbara (8-2-2) at CS Fullerton (8-3-1) – Saturday – This is a momentum building game. UCSB has momentum. CS Fullerton is trying to regain it.  The Gauchos are undefeated in their last nine straight games. CS Fullerton needs a win in this Big West Conference contest to get back on track and halt a free fall. Last weekend the Titans were topped 1-0 by James Madison and 2-1 by Maryland on the road and they opened Big West play on Wednesday night with a 1-0 loss on the road to CSUN.  Junior forward Christian Pinzon (5g, 7a) and redshirt senior midfielder Oscar Flores (5g, 3a) power the CS Fullerton attack while senior Paul-Andre Guerin anchors a defense that has allowed a total of only ten goals in twelve contests. 

A hot UC Santa Barbara team began Big West play on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Sacramento State. A win over CS Fullerton would clearly signal that the Gauchos are back. UCSB is undefeated in their last nine games including a 3-3 tie with Stanford and a 2-2 tie with San Diego. Junior Rodney Michael (2g, 3a) is the catalyst on the offensive side of the ball for the Gauchos along with forward Will Baynham (4g, 5a) and freshman midfielder Finn Ballard McBride (4g, 2a).  Ben Roach anchors the UCSB defense in goal. This one is going to come down to the play on the defensive side of the ball.


Louisville (5-3-2) at Clemson (9-1-1) – Friday – This one will come down to whether or not Louisville can contain a high powered multi-dimensional Clemson attack. Clemson is coming off a 0-0 tie in which Virginia Tech was able to keep the Tiger offense in check. Louisville is coming off a 2-0 loss on the road to number one ranked Virginia.  Louisville has been up and down with impressive wins over Virginia Tech 2-1 and Georgetown 1-0 as well as unexpected losses to South Florida 2-0 on the road and NC State 2-1 at home. 

It would be a mistake to look past Louisville but if both teams play to their potential Clemson should come out on top in this ACC match. 


Wake Forest (9-2-0) at North Carolina State (7-2-1) – Friday – This is the strongest and deepest NC State team that George Kiefer has put on the pitch to date in his tenure in Raleigh. The Pack has ACC wins over Boston College, Louisville on the road, and Notre Dame and a loss to Virginia. Wake Forest is also 3-1-0 in ACC play with wins over Pitt, Syracuse and Clemson and a loss to Boston College. The winner of this one will have to put in a full ninety minutes of play.

Give Wake Forest and their offense the edge but if they fail to bring their “A” game on both sides of the ball the Wolfpack is talented and experienced and tough enough to pull off the upset.


Dartmouth (4-4-1) at Yale (6-0-2) – Saturday – Yale began Ivy League play last week with a 3-1 win over Harvard in which they had a twenty-three to nine advantage in shots. The Bulldogs are off to a great start but the level of competition picks up a click this week when Dartmouth comes to town on Saturday. The Big Green has not been as strong on the defensive side of the ball this year as they have in the past. Regardless, it remains to be seen whether the Yale attack led by senior midfielder Miguel Yuste (5g, 2a) and junior playmaker Mark Winhoffer (2g, 8a) can dent the Dartmouth defense. Dartmouth is also 1-0-0 in Ancient Eight play with a 1-0 win over Princeton.

Look for the margin of victory in this one to be a single goal.


Georgia State (6-1-3) at Georgia Southern (5-5-1) – Saturday – This Sun Belt Conference battle will take place in Atlanta. Georgia State goes into this rivalry match with Georgia Southern off a disappointing 3-1 loss to Lipscomb in which they were unable to get their offense in gear and allowed their opponent to place three in the back of the net for the first time this year. Georgia Southern is having what might best be described as a roller coaster season with highs and lows and will come into the contest off a 3-2 win over Wofford and a 1-1 tie with South Carolina in which the Gamecocks scored to tie the match in the final minute of regulation.

The big question in this one is whether or not Georgia Southern can contain Georgia State’s offense led by forward Aris Briggs (9g, 1a).  If they can then this one may go down to the wire.  If not, Georgia State should prevail.



The Difference Between Winning And Losing Can Be Small. A Look At The Top Ten Teams

All teams have strengths and opportunities for improvement. The best find the right balance between offensive productivity and effectiveness on the defensive side of the ball.  A look at the top ten teams in the College Soccer News National Poll and the factors that will shape the remainder of their season.   


Virginia – 9-0-0 – Offensive productivity. A young Virginia team was rock solid on the defensive side of the ball last year but they lacked the offensive punch needed to take their game to the next level.  This year their attack has matured with eleven different players finding the back of the net in the Cavaliers first nine contests. Sophomore forwards Daryl Dike and Daniel Steedman and juniors Joe Bell, Nathanial Crofts and Irakoze Donasiyano are among those who have scored twice to date while Virginia has held opponents to only one goal.


Stanford – 7-1-1 – A multi-dimensional attack. Stanford’s Achilles heel in the early going last year was their inability to score. That has not been the case this year with freshmen forwards Ousseni Bouda (3g, 3a) and Gabe Segal (4g, 0a) joining redshirt sophomore forward Zach Ryan (4g, 1a) and senior defender Tanner Beason (3g, 1a) among others to provide an additional dimension to the attack.  Last year Stanford was shutout three times in their first nine contests during which they scored a total of thirteen goals while allowing only two. This year during the same time period the Cardinal has scored twenty-two times while allowing seven goals including five in their last two contests (3-3 tie with UCSB and a 2-1 loss to Washington).  Stanford’s attack is a plus since it gives them the ability to come from behind to win but it is problematic if lapses on the defensive side of the ball put them in a hole, as it has the last two contests, that causes them to have to play catchup. 


Wake Forest – 8-1-0 – Defense - The Demon Deacons entered the season needing to find the right balance between offensive productivity and defensive toughness with a focus on the need for improvement on the defensive side of the ball.  They have accomplished that for the most part with a potent attack that during nine contests has produced seventeen goals and a defense that is led by redshirt goalkeeper Andrew Pannenberg and backs Michael DeShields, Eddie Folds and Alistair Johnson among others that has only allowed five goals. Two of the goals allowed came in the Deacons 3-2 come from behind win over a highly productive Clemson team.


SMU – 9-0-0 – Experience counts. SMU entered the 2018 season with a lot of key gaps to plug. As a result, they experienced growing pains in the early going but settled in and improved as the season progressed. With a very solid contingent of returning players supplemented by several experienced transfers, the Mustangs hoped to build on the success that they enjoyed last year. They have done just that with an explosive attack led by forward Garrett McLaughlin (8g, 2a), defender Eddie Munjoma (6g, 5a) and midfielder Knut Ahlander (4g, 8a) that has produced thirty-goals and a defense anchored by goalkeepers Shane Lanson and Grant Makela and back Talen Maples than has allowed only three goals. Transfers forward Nick Taylor (0g, 2a), midfielder Gabriel Costa (3g, 4a) and defenders Henrik Bredeli and Brandon Terwege have all contributed.  


Washington – 9-1-0 - Big play ability. Washington was very competitive last year but the lack of big play ability and the toughness needed to prevail on the road placed a ceiling on their success. Significant improvement in both of those areas has been a difference maker to date for Washington. Both were reflected in the Huskies recent 2-1 on the road win over Stanford in which Lucas Meeks (6g, 0a) netted the game-winner in overtime. The Huskies have another big test coming up when they travel to face California on Sunday.    


Clemson – 9-1-0 – Play to their potential for a full ninety minutes. The Tigers entered the 2019 season off a down year in 2018 in which they uncharacteristically had costly lapses in play on the defensive side of the ball and trouble finishing scoring opportunities. What a difference a year can make. Clemson has displayed an opportunistic attack powered by Robbie Robinson (8g, 2a), Kimari Smith (11g, 2g) and Grayson Barber (5g, 5a) that has netted thirty-eight goals in ten contests and an improved defense that has allowed a total of ten goals and recorded four shutouts. The Tigers have a tough three game stretch in front of them that includes contests at home against Virginia Tech and Louisville and Syracuse on the road. Clemson’s attack looks to be among the best in the country.  If they have any weakness it is on the defensive side of the ball.


Georgetown – 7-1-0 – Consistency – This is a deep and very talented Georgetown team. It is a big plus that they continue to find a way to win even when they have had difficulty putting together two good halves.  Junior forward Derek Dodson (3g, 5a) and sophomore midfielder Zach Riviere (4g, 1a) are among those who provide punch to the attack. Junior transfer Paul Rothrock (1g, 6a) is a playmaker who has added an additional dimension to the attack.  A 1-0 loss on the road in overtime to Louisville is the only blemish on Georgetown’s record so far this year.  When they are on their game the Hoyas are very good but they are at risk with a small margin for error when they are unable to get into a rhythm against those teams that match up well with them.


St. Mary’s College - 8-1-0 – One game at a time.  You don’t win as many games as the Gaels have won over the past two seasons without being very good. But this is a team with a big target on their chests which means that they have to take it one game at a time and bring their “A” game to every contest if they hope to continue to win. St. Mary's can't look past anyone. 


Charlotte – 7-0-2 – Unified. The 49ers play well together as a team and they work hard which makes them a difficult side to face. They are good but, in the past, have had trouble winning the big games that could go either way. So far this year they have a 0-0 tie with West Virginia on the road and a 1-1 tie at home with Kentucky in big games. Teddy Chauuche (6g, 6a) and Joe Britto (2g, 1a) are at the heart of the 49er engine. Goalkeeper Elliot Panicco anchors a Charlotte defense that has only allowed six goals. Charlotte has a big CUSA game down the road with FIU but in the meantime they have to get by FAU on the road, Marshall at home and non-conference foe Georgia State at home.


Indiana – 6-1-2 – Youth development -The Hoosiers entered the season depending on a lot of newcomers to make an impact. Todd Yeagley has done a good job of merging his newcomers in with returning players. A lot of freshman have been in key roles and have performed well.  It helps that significant reloading is taking place throughout the Big Ten this year. Indiana has Big Ten Conference wins so far over Wisconsin 3-1 and Northwestern 3-1. The toll, if any, that the grind of the season will have on the young Hoosiers remains to be seen as well as how they will fare as they get into the heart of the Big Ten schedule. This is a good Indiana team but they are young and learning on the job in the Big Ten can be difficult. The Hoosiers will be tested when they travel to face Penn State on Sunday and host non-conference foe Kentucky the following Wednesday. 



College Soccer - Friday September 27 - What Happened At A Glance Coast To Coast

The margin for error is slim. Several upsets have occurred this week when teams were unable to put together a full ninety minutes of play. The action heats up coast to coast with several huge contests on tap Saturday and Sunday. .


Indiana 1 – Sacramento State 0 – Sacramento State held their own for most of the contest but a one-timer into the right post in the seventy-fifth minute by freshman forward Joshua Penn gave Indiana the edge they needed to prevail. Penn’s score was preceded by passes from Spencer Glass and Maouloune Gomuballe.  Sean Caulfield had six saves in goal for the Hoosiers.  Ryan Curtis had five saves in goal for Sacramento State.  Indiana improves to 5-1-2 while Sacramento State drops to 5-3-1.


Duke 3 – North Carolina 2 – The Blue Devils secure their first win over the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill since 1999.  UNC jumped out to what appeared to be a commanding 2-0 lead with Alex Rose scoring in the eighteenth minute and Jelani Pieters in the twenty-sixth minute. Duke kept their composure and the momentum changed with Daniel Wright scoring in the twenty-seventh minute, Brandon Williamson in the fifty-eighth, and Scotty Taylor in the sixty-third to shock the Tar Heels.  Will Pulisic had four saves in goal for Duke. Alec Smir had two saves in goal for North Carolina. Duke gets back into the win column after three consecutive losses to improve to 5-3-0 while a talented but inconsistent UNC team drops to 4-2-2.


Charlotte 4 – South Carolina 0 – The 49ers controlled this one on both sides of the ball.  Joe Brito and Luke Johnson scored in the first half of play for Charlotte while Axel Sigurdarson and Owen Peeler found the back of the net in the second stanza.  Charlotte has now scored three goals in three straight matches and have outscored their opponents 17-5 while posting a 6-0-2 record. South Carolina is 4-4-0 on the season.  Elliot Panicco had a one save evening between the pipes for the 49ers. Buenyamin Yusufogiu had three saves in goal for the Gamecocks.


UCF 2 – Temple 0  – The Knights claim their fifth straight win with midfielder Yoni Sorokin converting a header out of a corner kick served in by midfielder Louis Perez in the third minute and forward Jonas Schmalbach netting the second goal in the seventy-seventh minute with an assist from Perez. UCF improves to 6-1-1. Temple is now 2-5-0.


North Carolina State 2 – Louisville 1 – The Wolfpack showed a lot of grit and maturity with a 2-1 on the road win over Louisville in this ACC contest. Sophomore Iverson Brisma made the run he needed to make to be in position to drive a shot into the far post  out of a breakaway in the fortieth minute of the match and senior Tyler Gabarra sent a left-footed shot into the back of the frame from seventeen yards out after creating a turnover to give NC State a 2-0 advantage at intermission. Forward Emil Elveroth scored the lone goal for the Cardinals in the eighty-fourth minute with a double assist from Cherif Dieye and Will Hirschman.  Vinnie Durand had two saves in goal for the Wolfpack. Jake Gelnovatch had three saves between the pipes for Louisville.  NC State improves to 5-2-1 while an up and down Louisville squad that topped Georgetown 1-0 earlier in the week is now 4-2-2.


New Hampshire 2 – Binghamton 0 – The Wildcats continue to take care of business securing a win in their America East Conference opener behind first half goals from senior Antonio Colacci with an assist from Jack Doherty and freshman Rory O’Driscoll with Colacci providing the helper. Alejandro Robles had three saves in goal to post the shutout for New Hampshire. Mats Roorda and P.J. Parker split time between the pipes for Binghamton with each posting two saves.  The Wildcats improve to 7-0-2. The Bearcats drop to 2-5-1.


Maryland 0 – Wisconsin 0 (ot) – This one took place in at the McClimon Soccer Complex in Madison after the start was delayed due to rain. The Terps pressed the attack in the first half with a twelve to three advantage in shots. The Terps were hampered when they had to play a man down due to a red card in the fortieth minute. Wisconsin had an eleven to five shot advantage in the second stanza.  Freshman Niklas Neumann had five saves in goal for the Terps.  Senior Dean Cowdroy had nine saves in goal for Wisconsin. Maryland is 4-3-1. Wisconsin is 2-6-1. Both teams are 0-1-1 in Big Ten play. 


Michigan 0 – Penn State 0 (ot) – Both teams attacked in this contest which had ebbs and flows during which the momentum appeared to change but at the end of the day defense ruled with neither team able to find the back of the net during 110 minutes of play. Michigan had a ten to eight advantage in shots and a seven to two advantage in shots on goal.  Josh Levine had a seven-goal outing for Penn State. Andrew Verdi had two saves in goal for Michigan. Penn State was presented a red card in the ninety-fourth minute and played with ten during the two overtime periods. Michigan is 3-2-3 overall with a 0-0-2 mark in Big Ten play.  Penn State is 4-1-2 overall with a 1-0-1 record against Big Ten opponents.


San Diego 1 – UC Riverside 0 – San Diego picks up a solid on the road non-conference win. Neither team was able to get into a rhythm on the offensive side of the ball during the first half of play. Forward Miguel Berry’s goal in the forty-ninth minute with an assist from midfielder Freddy Polzer proved to be the difference maker in this something has to give contest between two teams that have had a promising start to the 2019 season. San Diego improves to 7-1-0 while UC Riverside is now 5-2-2.


Marquette 2- Xavier 1 – Marquette comes from behind on the road in this Big East Conference contests between two teams who went into this one seeking to gain momentum.  Xavier looked to be in the driver’s seat when sophomore defender Taylor Crull sent a deflection out of a throw in back into the frame in the sixtieth minute of play to give Xavier a 1-0 advantage. But Marquette responded five minutes later when forward Josh Coan made a nice move to create the space he needed to find the back of the net after receiving a long ball from A.J. Franklin. Christian Marquez then netted the game-winner for Marquette in the seventy-seventh minute after receiving a cross from defender Alex Mirsberger.   Marquette improves to 4-3-1.  Xavier is also 4-3-0.


Marshall 4 – Old Dominion 1 – The Thundering Herd under the direction of head coach Chris Grassie looked good in a 4-1 Conference USA win over ODU. Forward Milo Yosef scored out of a give-and-go in the first minute of play and forward Joao Souza made it 2-0 when he scored in the fifteenth minute with an assist from Jamil Roberts.  ODU made it interesting when midfielder Sebastien Hauret scored in the eightieth minute to make it 2-1 but Marshall took control with Yosef and forward Vitor Dais contributing goals a few minutes later to seal the win for the Thundering Herd. Marshall makes their presence known with a 6-1-1 overall record and a 2-0-0 mark in CUSA play. ODU continues to struggle with a 1-5-1 record and a 0-2-1 mark in conference play.


CSUN 2 – Omaha 1 (ot) – CSUN grinds out a hard-fought win on the road. Omaha drew first blood when Aaron Uribe converted a penalty kick in the seventh minute of the match. Defense ruled from that point forward and the teams went into halftime with Omaha up 1-0.  Daniel Trejo scored in the seventy-seventh minute after receiving a pass from Alex Lara to knot the score at 1-1. The contest remained 1-1  at the end of regulation. Johnny Rodriguez netted the game-winner for CSUN in the first overtime period with a double assist from John Andersen and Julio Rubio. CSUN improves to 5-3-1. Omaha drops to 1-5-2.


Mercer 3 – Georgia Southern 2 – Mercer jumped out to a 1-0 lead when midfielder Dylan Gaither scored in the eighteenth minute.  Forward Trevor Martineau extended the lead to 2-0 when he found the back of the net in the twentieth minute. The score remained 2-0 at halftime. Georgia Southern came out strong in the second half with defender Aldair Cortez and forward Adam Davie contributing goals to tie the contest at 2-2.  Redshirt junior forward Leonard Toledo Junior scored the game-winner for Mercer in the eighty-second minute. Mercer improves to 6-2-0. Georgia Southern is 4-4-0.


Santa Clara 2 – Lipscomb 0 – This one took place in Nashville. Alan Comacho Soto sent a left-footed shot into the net out of a corner kick in the thirty-second minute of the match and Isaac Addai added another goal in the seventy-eighth minute from the top of the box to give visiting Santa Clara the edge they needed to top Lipscomb.  Santa Clara improves to 4-3-1. Lipscomb is now 2-4-1.


South Florida 2 – Connecticut 1 – USF improves to 5-2-0 with a 1-0-0 mark in American Athletic Conference play behind a first half goal from midfielder Emilio Ycaza and a header out of a corner kick from defender Javain Brown that proved to be the game-winner in the eighty-first minute of the match. Dayonn Harris scored for UConn in the sixty-first minute. UConn drops to 3-5-0 with a 0-1-1 mark in American Athletic Conference action.