Sept. 28, 2005
Storrs, CT - Sophomore Chukwudi Chijindu netted two goals and Ryan Cordeiro assisted on all three to lead the 13th-ranked University of Connecticut men's soccer team over Sacred Heart, 3-0, Wednesday night at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The win was the Huskies second straight and stopped the Pioneers string of consecutive wins at two.
O'Brian White scored his first career goal just 5:17 into the contest after Cordeiro crossed the ball from right to left in front of the box, hitting White about six yards out with the feed. White turned and fired the ball point blank into the net before Sacred Heart's keeper, Matthew Jones, (Stoke-on-Trent, England/Sandon) had a chance to respond.
The onslaught of shots continued with White and Kevin Burns (Greenfield, Ind.) each sending rockets towards the Pioneers to lead the 11-3 shot advantage through the first period. Just under the 28-minute mark, White almost scored his second career tally as he sent a header into play that careened off the underside of the crossbar, narrowly missing the goal.
Chijindu was able to bolster UConn's lead 11 minutes later when Dori Arad sent the ball into the penalty box to a waiting Cordeiro, who then passed it off to Chijundu. The sophomore forward turned and fired the ball into the left side of the goal. The remaining five-plus minutes of the period passed quickly before the Huskies headed into halftime with a 2-0 lead.
Despite the consistent advantage through time of possession, it took until the 83rd minute of play for UConn to put goal number three in the back of the net. Chijindu once again collected a pass from Cordeiro via Arad before shooting the ball from the shallow left corner of the box before falling out of bounds.
Freshman Luke Gagliardi (North Branford, CT/North Branford) was the only Pioneer that could get a hint of offense going, tallying three shots
Wednesday night's shutout marks the sixth this season for the Huskies, propelling goalie Adam Schuerman, who finished the night with two saves, into second place in the UConn career record books after anchoring a total of 30 career shutouts over the last four seasons.
The Pioneers (3-4) will be off until Friday October 7th when they open Northeast Conference play at Robert Morris. Game time is set for 4:00 pm.