The Mustangs ended their 2013 regular season with a 1-0 loss to No. 20 University of Connecticut.
“I’m really proud of the way our team played today,” Head Coach Tim McClements said. “Whenever you play a UConn team you’re always concerned about their athleticism, they have a lot of good soccer players and a lot of athletes. I felt like we were able to play good soccer throughout, and I thought we were able to move the ball and maintain possession, which created good opportunities.”
UConn first-year Cyle Larin, scored the lone goal in the match in the third minute with a well placed ball from just inside the box for his eighth goal of the season.
“They scored a goal early in the game, which obviously we were very disappointed about,” McClements said. “But I thought we fought to try and get that goal back, but it just didn’t happen.”
The Mustangs applied equal pressure offensively as the Huskies just outshot SMU 9-8. In the second frame, SMU outshot UConn 7-4 as they were trying to tie the game.
Andrew Morales and Alfred Koroma paced the Mustangs offense, combining for five of SMU’s shots.
“I thought our team did a great job responding to the physical play in the match,” McClements said. “We moved the ball around and we did that well. That gives us opportunities in a match like this and create chances for us.”
Jaime Ibarra and fellow seniors Juan Castillo, Ryan Brown, Trevor Hubbard, Max Rockwell, Amaury Ponce and Chris Sendejas were honored for their contributions to SMU prior to the start of the match.
Despite the disappointing loss to the Huskies and the end of the regular season, the Mustangs will get another crack at UConn Saturday for the quarterfinals of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Tournament.
SMU is the No. 7 seed facing the No. 2 seed UConn.