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Three-Game Road Swing Begins For MSOC Saturday At UConn

Sept. 14, 2016

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Opponent Connecticut Huskies
Date Saturday, September 17, 2016
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Storrs, Connecticut | Joseph J. Morrone Stadium
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Saturday’s Game
Saturday’s game at UConn will be the first time the two programs have met in men’s soccer.
It will also be Loyola’s first of a three-game road swing, which will send the Greyhounds to Pittsburgh (Tuesday, Sept. 20; 7 p.m.) and Lafayette (Saturday, Sept. 24; 7 p.m.)
The Huskies were receiving votes in the most recent NSCAA National Poll.

Loyola Greyhounds (1-4-0, 0-0-0 Patriot League)
Nine freshmen have made their collegiate debuts so far this season, with Jonathan Sousa , Nico Brown , Brian Saramago , Barry Sharifi , Josh Fawole all starting the season opener. Francisco Contreras , Shane Kastl and Morgan Lussi also saw playing time vs. the Explorers, while redshirt freshman Sam Carter entered the game at Old Dominion.
Sophomore transfer Gabriel Carlsson made his Greyhound debut, starting the season opener.
Saramago got Loyola its first win by scoring the eventual game winner in the fourth minute, while senior Brennan Goldsmith added a late goal, in the 83rd minute, vs. George Washington.
Saramago leads the team with two goals, five points and 18 shots, while Goldsmith has one goal.
Saramago was also included as a Patriot League Honorable Mention performance after scoring his first career goal at Old Dominion and again after having a goal and an assist in the Greyhounds’ first win of the season, 2-0 over George Washington.
In goal, senior Matt Sanchez recorded his first shutout of the season vs. GW, with two saves.
Sanchez has played all 360 minutes this season. He has stopped 12 shots and has a 1.25 GAA.

Connecticut Huskies (3-3-0, 0-0-0 Big East)
The Huskies are coming off a 1-0 double-overtime loss at No. 1 Notre Dame Tuesday night.
Notre Dame scored in the 103rd minute to remain undefeated this year.
UConn opened the season with a pair of wins over Iona (3-1) and Omaha (2-0), before falling 2-0 to Louisville. The Huskies rebounded with a 2-0 win over Cornell, but have fallen in back-to-back road games; at Georgetown (L, 1-0) and No. 1 Notre Dame (L, 1-0 in double overtime).
Abdou Thiam leads UConn with two goals and five points this season, while five other Huskies have contributed one goal each; Nkosi Burgess, Nico Petridis, Alex Sanchez and Nick Zuniga.
Kwame Awuah leads the team with 14 shots and has a team-best three assists.
In goal, Scott Levene has played all 552 minutes. He has given up five goals and stopped 22 shots for a 0.81 goals-against average and a .815 save percentage.

Versus The Huskies
This will be the first time UConn and Loyola meet in men’s soccer.

Up Next
Loyola will remain on the road for its second of three-straight games next week.
The Greyhounds will head to Pittsburgh Tuesday for a 7 p.m. kickoff, before opening Patriot League play at Lafayette on Saturday at 1 p.m.