Around the American Soccer: Flawless SMU, UConn midtable, Cincinnati downfall

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The Huskies won to Manhattan College 2-0 after Jordan Hall (9) scored a goal in the first half and Cole Venner (15) scored another goal in the second half. Their next home game is this Friday 9/20 against Columbia University.  Photo by Eric Wang / The Daily Campus

The Huskies won to Manhattan College 2-0 after Jordan Hall (9) scored a goal in the first half and Cole Venner (15) scored another goal in the second half. Their next home game is this Friday 9/20 against Columbia University. Photo by Eric Wang / The Daily Campus

UConn’s losing streak continued on the road due to their unlucky 3-0 defeat against Yale last Wednesday and their 4-1 loss against Georgetown on Saturday, where Jordan Hall scored and marked his sixth goal of the season. However, the Huskies bounced back with a 2-0 win against Manhattan on Tuesday in the reconstructed Dillon Stadium with Hall scoring his seventh goal and midfielder Cole Venner scoring his first, resulting in the Huskies placing No. 5 in the American Athletic Conference standings. 

 SMU continued its flawless run this season, defeating Valparaiso in a stunning 6-0 fixture on Friday when midfielder Garett McLaughlin scored his fourth goal of the season and midfielder Knut Alhander scored his first for the Mustangs. SMU won 2-0 against Duke on Tuesday when both midfielders scored once more and assisted one another. The Mustangs seek to stay No. 1 in the conference standings. 

 UCF trails SMU in the No. 2 spot in the conference after defeating VCU 2-0 on Friday. Forward Cal Jennings received the ball from midfielder Yoni Sorokin in the 15th minute, brought it to the penalty box and managed to get by VCU’s defenders, putting the ball in the back of the net. The Knights got their second and final goal of the match from Jeremy Di Lallo with only four seconds remaining on the clock afterwards. 

Cincinnati continued their rough start this season, losing two more games that led them to remain at the bottom in the conference standings. On Saturday, the Bearcats lost 5-1 away against Western Michigan University where forward Creggton Charlton scored in the 85th minute. Their second defeat came on Tuesday against West Virginia University when forward Darryn Commissiong was the first to score in the match; however, it wasn’t enough as the Bearcats conceded two goals in the second half. 

Memphis is on a two-game winning streak after its defeat against Mercer. On Saturday, the Tigers played against Xavier where senior Sam Ashton scored a hat trick and only conceded two goals. On Tuesday, Memphis played against Belmont where they kept a clean sheet and managed to score two goals thanks to midfielder Alexandros Ierides, resulting in the Tigers placing No. 3 in the conference standings. 

USF is right above UConn in the No. 4 spot, having defeated Lipscomb but lost to Ohio State. On Friday, the Bulls played Lipscomb, which resulted in a 3-1 victory thanks to defender Johnathan Rosales scoring the first goal of the match followed by a brace from midfielder Emilio Ycaza. On Tuesday, USF went back home to play the Ohio Buckeyes which resulted in a 2-0 defeat due to a brace from Ohio’s Devyn Etling. 


David Sandoval is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at david.sandoval@uconn.edu

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