Nov. 16, 2012
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STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's soccer team will face Northeastern in the NCAA Second Round at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 18 at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. Connecticut earned the No. 4 overall seed. Northeastern advanced to face UConn with a 1-0 result over Boston College Thursday night.
- Tickets are still available at UConnhuskies.com or by calling 1-877-AT-UCONN. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for youths and seniors. For group ticket information, please contact assistant coach Mike Mordocco at 860-486-2465.
- Sunday's match will have a free video broadcast at uconnhuskies.com. Fans can also listen live at WHUS.org or 91.7fm.
Connecticut won the BIG EAST Conference Regular Season Championship and sits at 15-3-1. Northeastern won the CAA Tournament and earned an automatic bid. The NU Huskies downed BC on Thursday night, 1-0, with a goal from Dante Marini.
For the third consecutive season, the BIG EAST leads all conferences had the most teams selected to the NCAA Tournament. Eight teams advanced to the postseason with five earning byes.
In first round action last night, Syracuse downed Cornell, 1-0, USF defeated Florida Gulf Coast in penalties. St. John's was the lone BIG EAST program that failed to advance, falling to Fairleigh Dickinson, 1-0.
Connecticut has been ranked in the top-10 the entire season and was as high as No. 1 in the Soccer America rankings for the opening two weeks of the season. UConn is currently riding a 36-game unbeaten streak at Morrone Stadium dating back to November 7, 2009. That total is tied for the fifth longest in NCAA history.
UConn won the NSCAA National Championship in 1948 and the NCAA Championship in 1981 and 2000. The 2000 squad was led by current assistant coach Mike Mordocco.
The Huskies own an overall record of 36-25-5 in NCAA Tournament action, dating back to their first appearance in 1960. UConn stands at 19-8-5 under head coach Ray Reid. At home, the Huskies own a 28-14-3 record in NCAA Tournament action, including a 16-3-3 mark under Reid.
• Don Anding is fifth all-time in career points at Northeastern (62) and third in career goals (25). Entering this week's games, he was seventh in the nation in points per game.
• Oliver Blum is 13-1-4 this season, the most wins for a NU goalkeeper since 2001.
• The Huskies broke the program record for most wins in a season (14) on Thursday against Boston College.
• NU has held its opponent to one goal or less in 17 of the team's 20 matches this season, including a program record-tying 10 shutouts.
• Northeastern is the only team in the nation with five double overtime victories this season.
• The Huskies earned an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament after securing the program's first-ever CAA Championship on Nov. 11th.