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UConn Men’s Soccer Takes Tough 2-0 Loss To SMU

UConn’s chances of hosting conference tourney took a big blow on Sunday.

Seniors Jacob Hauser-Ramsey and Dylan Greenberg console one another on Senior Day after UConn fell to SMU, 2-0.
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All good things must come to an end, right? That was the theme today, in more ways than one, as the No. 8 ranked UConn men’s soccer team lost to Southern Methodist University 2-0. It was likely the last UConn men’s game played at historic Morrone Stadium and also snapped the Huskies’ 10-game unbeaten streak. UConn falls to 10-3-2 on the year.

Head coach Ray Reid was blunt in his post-game comments

“It was a tough match. We gave away two soft goals on restarts around their box. That’s a tough result,” he said. “There’s no positives after losing. All of my guys are focused enough whether we win or lose.”

UConn outshot the Mustangs 12-10, but couldn’t piece together any sustained assault. Josh Burnett struck the woodwork in the 27th minute, and 15 seconds later, a wide-open Dayonn Harris chance was met with a quality save from an SMU defender.

SMU opened up the scoring in the 49th minute, and doubled its lead in the 62nd, with a well-taken free kick. As Reid had alluded to in his comments following the Vermont game, it was a physical match, replete with 18 total fouls.

The game was a tightly wound match with a playoff atmosphere.

“We’re prepared. We played a good schedule this year. Our guys have done a good job,” he said. “We’ll bounce back from this. They understand now. They understand about the little details. These type of games, there isn’t much margin of error.”

Emotions were especially high today, given that it was senior day for UConn. The tri-captains Dylan Greenberg, Jacob Hauser-Ramsey, and Abdou Mbacke Thiam have been huge all year in UConn’s bounce-back season.

Next up on the Huskies’ schedule is an away game against Tulsa on Friday, Nov. 2. It will be the last American Athletic Conference game of the season before the playoffs start the following week.