Men’s Soccer: UConn looks to bounce back against Monmouth


The University of Connecticut men’s soccer team will continue its stretch of home games in the early stages of the 2021 season as it takes on Monmouth University on Saturday, Sept. 11 at Morrone Stadium.

09/03/2021 MSOC vs URI by Kevin Lindstrom The Huskies lose to URI despite fighting hard at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium, Sep. 3. UConn put seven shots on goal to URI’s four, but Rhode Island’s keeper Stefan Schmidt (1) saved all of them. Photo by Kevin Lindstrom, Photo Editor.

It will be First Responders Night in Storrs, as the team is hosting police, firefighters, veterans and active military members to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Huskies will look to rebound from their disheartening loss against the University of Rhode Island last weekend, a game where the offense went cold, failing to put a shot in the back of the net against the Rams. 

This is only the fourth-ever matchup between Monmouth and UConn, with the Huskies winning two and drawing in the third. These two northeast foes are meeting for the first time in a decade this weekend. Monmouth comes into the showdown currently undefeated in this young season, winning its last two games by a combined 7-0 score.

The dynamic duo of Griffin Tomas and Julian Gomez helped lift the Hawks to a dominant 4-0 win over the University of Delaware on Tuesday night, despite being outshot 15-12. Goalkeeper Sean Murray will look to keep his clean sheet streak intact, as he turned away all four shots Delaware took on his goal in that game. 

While they were kept at bay in their most recent effort against Rhode Island, the Huskies had plenty of opportunities to equalize, even win the match outright. The key for UConn is to win the shot battle against Murray, put together a mix of offensive tempo and contain Tomas, Gomez, and the rest of the red-hot Hawks’ offensive onslaught (which has led Monmouth in notching 10 goals in its first three games of the season).

Kickoff for Monmouth vs. UConn will be 7 p.m. Saturday at Morrone Stadium.

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