Connecticut Men's Soccer 2012 NCAA Tournament Capsule

Connecticut Huskies
Big East


Connecticut finished with a record of 15-3-1 in, by far, one of the toughest conferences this season, giving the Huskies the regular season conference crown in the Big East. The Huskies didn’t go without losses this year, losing to Marquette, who was undefeated at the time, robbing UConn of their own undefeated title. The Huskies won three matches after their first loss before taking on Providence twice in a row, first losing then taking the win, to end the regular season.  

2012 Record: 15-3-1, 6-2-0
Coach: Ray Reid

Good Results: 9/7 Washington (1-0), 9/29 Notre Dame (2-1), 10/3 Georgetown (2-1)
Bad Results: 9/9 Boston U (1-1), 10/6 at Marquette (2-3), 10/24 at Providence (0-1)

Why They Can Surprise:
Connecticut fell in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament to Notre Dame, but played well overall. The Huskies have the strength to make a NCAA Tournament run on both offense and defense. Mamadou Doudou Diouf led the Huskies in the regular season with 13 goals, followed by Allando Matheson and Adria Beso, both with seven. Keeper Andre Blake, who tallied 55 saves, and the Huskie defense only allowed ten goals heading into the NCAA Tournament, giving UConn ten shut outs.    

Why They Can Disappoint:
The loss to Notre Dame in the Big East Tournament has the Huskies backing into the important tournament. A loss obviously did not affect the Huskies’ spot in the postseason, but having that momentum would have been huge. This is not a team that is used to losing and getting at least one win in Philadelphia against quality competition like the Irish would and Georgetown would have been big. Without it, Connecticut will have to reload a bit and try and get that positive momentum back early in the NCAA Tournament.

Key Strikers:
Mamadou Doudou Diouf, Junior, 13 goals, 2 assists
Allando Matheson, Sophomore, 7 goals, 1 assist

Key Midfielders:
Carlos Alvarez, Senior, 7 goals, 8 assists
Adria Beso, Sophomore, 2 goals, 5 assists

Key Defenders:
Max Wasserman, Senior, 2 goals, 5 assists
Flo Liu, Senior, 2 goals, 2 assists

Key Goalkeepers:
Andre Blake, Sophomore, 0.52 goals against average, .846 save percentage, 10 shutouts

By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 2.00 (21st in nation, 3rd in conference)
Goals-Against Average: 0.49 (4, 1)
Shutout Percentage: 0.61 (4, 1)
Save Percentage: 0.850 (11, 2)

2013 MLS Draft Prospects:
#2 Mamadou Doudou Diouf
#3 Carlos Alvarez
#5 Andre Blake
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Recent Postseason Appearances:
Connecticut    2011    Second Round    Defeated Monmouth
Connecticut    2011    Third Round        Defeated James Mason
Connecticut    2011    Quarterfinals        Lost to Charlotte
Connecticut    2010    Second Round    Lost to Brown
Connecticut    2009    First Round         Lost to Monmouth
Connecticut    2008    First Round         Defeated Fairfield
Connecticut    2008    Second Round    Defeated Virginia
Connecticut    2008    Third Round        Lost to Creighton
Connecticut    2007    Second Round    Defeated Vermont
Connecticut    2007    Third Round        Defeated South Florida
Connecticut    2007    Quarterfinals        Lost to Virginia Tech
Connecticut    2006    First Round         Lost to Fairfield
Connecticut    2005    Second Round    Defeated Stony Brook
Connecticut    2005    Third Round        Lost to Akron
Connecticut    2004    First Round         Defeated Marist
Connecticut    2004    Second Round    Lost to Boston College
Connecticut    2003    First Round         Defeated Rhode Island
Connecticut    2003    Second Round    Lost to St. John's

*all team stats through 11/4


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