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Niagara men’s soccer narrowly falls to UConn, 1-0


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STORRS, C.T. -- The Niagara men's soccer team fell to 0-2 after a gritty 1-0 loss on the road against the UConn Huskies. Depite being outshot, 15-2, the Purple Eagles managed to keep the game close from whistle to whistle.
Match Moments

  • 43' – With UConn pressing heavily to begin the night, one of the Huskies' best chances came just moments before the halftime break. However, fifth-year goalkeeper Steve Caseyremained solid, turning aside the chance to keep the score level.
  • 47' – Right out of the intermission, Niagara earned its first corner kick of the evening. The chance didn't amount to a goal, but indicated that Niagara's play was advancing.
  • 73' – Matt Lopoyda registered the first shot of the evening for the Purple Eagles, but couldn't get the ball behind the line to tie up the game.
  • 85' – Niagara began pressuring more late, as a shot from Luca Pacheco sailed high just minutes before drawing a yellow card on the Huskies.
Coach's Corner

  • Head coach Bill Boyle: "We played one of the best college soccer teams I've seen in a while and didn't show any fear. I'm proud to see how this team fought for each other. We will get results with that type of effort. We will see more of the ball as we get back to work, but their decisions offensively we were good. That's a great team."
Up Next

  • The Purple Eagles return to Connecticut for affairs with Yale and Hartford next weekend. Kickoff against the Bulldogs will be at 7:00 p.m. on Aug. 31, while the Purple Eagles and Hawks will tussle at 1 p.m. on Sept. 3.

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