PROVIDENCE, RI – On the strength of a pair of second half goals by Ryan Cordeiro and Chukwudi Chijindu, Connecticut defeated UNC Greensboro, 2-0, Sunday afternoon at the Brown Classic.
After the teams played a scoreless first half, the Huskies, 4-0 and ranked in the Top 10 in all four national polls, broke through just 2:18 after halftime. Kevin Burns’ pass found Cordeiro, who fired a one-time shot into the bottom right corner of the goal for his second tally of the season and a 1-0 Connecticut lead.
The Huskies later got an insurance goal off of a Spartan miscue. Stanley Ford picked off an errant pass and fed it to Chijindu at the top of the box. Chijindu then hit a blast from 18 yards out to give Connecticut a two-goal lead.
UNCG (2-2) held a 13-12 advantage on shots, but could not get on the scoreboard. Adam Schuerman had four saves for Connecticut, while Jay Benfield recorded five stops in a losing effort for the Spartans.
UNCG returns to action next weekend when it travels to Birmingham, AL for the UAB Classic. UNCG, which is ranked in three of the four national polls this week and is rated as high as No. 18, will take on host UAB on Friday night and Birmingham Southern on Sunday.
UNC Greensboro...... 0 0 - 0
Connecticut............... 0 2 - 2
Scoring: UCONN - Cordeiro (Burns), 47:18; UCONN - Chijindu (Ford) 77:02 Shots: UNCG 13, UCONN 12; Saves: UNCG 5 (Benfield 5), UCONN 4 (Schuerman 4); Corner Kicks: UNCG 4, UCONN 8; Fouls: UNCG 8, UCONN 7.
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