SMU (10-0-1) bounced back after its 3-3 draw against UCF by defeating USF 3-0 away on Friday for its third American conference match up. Midfielder Gabriel Costa scored the first goal of the match for the Mustangs in the 28th minute after receiving the ball from midfielder Knut Ahlander and putting the ball in the right corner of the net.
For those who are just waking up from a long sleep, UConn (13-12, 4-8 The American) has not won a road game this season. Ever since dropping an overtime thriller at Cincinnati, no game away from Connecticut has even been a close contest. But the Mustangs (12-12, 4-8 The American) have suffered three straight heartbreaking losses in the final seconds of the five-game losing streak—they lost on a buzzer-beater with one second left against Wichita St. on Jan. 30.
No team in the American Athletic Conference has been better than the UConn men’s soccer team this year, and the Huskies deservedly hold the top spot in the conference. In just over a week, the regular season conference champion will have been determined. But first, there’s two final rounds of in-conference matches to decide who that champion will be
The Huskies (8-5) are heading to Texas this weekend, as they prepare to face SMU (3-7) on Friday and Houston (13-2) on Sunday in their first conference matchups of the season. Head Coach Kris Grunwald is glad to be starting Conference play since it changes the way the Huskies can prepare for their upcoming opponents.
The UConn women’s basketball team headed south Saturday for its last road game of the regular season and came out on top over the SMU Mustangs by a score of 80-36, clinching the American Athletic Conference regular season title despite a rough start that saw the Huskies trailing for much of the first quarter.
“We just went completely cold. I mean, we were cold the whole night, I mean, come on, we missed a lot of shots,” SMU head coach Tim Jankovich said after the game. “Tonight, it was pretty simple. We rebounded well enough to win, we turned the ball over few enough times to win, we shot enough free throws to win, we made enough plays to win, and we shot beyond horribly.”
The UConn volleyball team will take on conference foe SMU for the second time this season in Dallas on Saturday after losing to conference rival Tulsa on Thursday. So far this season the Huskies are 11-16 overall and 4-11 in conference play.
UConn made a slight comeback against Tulsa lessening the lead to 2-1, but eventually, the Golden Hurricane took over and won the match 3-1.
Despite its recent struggles, the UConn men’s soccer team held their own on Saturday night. If the Huskies beat No. 13 SMU, they would clinch the American Athletic Conference regular season title and host the conference tournament next weekend. A UConn loss would crown SMU regular season champions and the American tournament would be in Dallas.