Courtesy Vermont Sports Information
STORRS, Conn. – UConn’s Dayonn Harris scored with 37 seconds left in the match and handed Vermont a 3-2 decision on Tuesday night in the non-conference finale. The Catamounts drop to 10-6 while the Huskies improve to 10-2-2.
“The guys poured their hearts out tonight and deserved a better result,” head coach Rob Dow said. “It’s a brutal game, we will move on, and focus on Binghamton.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Catamounts grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute with Jonathan Bryant’s fourth goal of the season. The freshman buried a header into the right side of the net past the outstretched gloves of UConn keeper Austin Aviza (3 saves) from 10 yards out.
UConn tied the game at 1-1 with eight seconds left in the first half. From the right side of the box, Abdou Mbacke Thiam managed to get a pass through a scramble to Blaise N’Gague, who knocked the ball into the left side of the net.
Geo Alves gave the Cats a 2-1 lead in the 56th minute. In front of the UVM bench, Trevor Colazzo tossed a long throw-in towards the goal line, then Alves beat a defender and drove the go-ahead score into the center of the net with a low shot.
The Huskies found a second equalizer in the 66th minute from Thiam. On the left flank, Harris dished a cross into the box and Thiam finished the chance after getting a friendly deflection off UVM goalie Aron Runarsson (1 save).
As the clock ticked down to the final seconds, Thiam launched a long range shot that deflected off the crossbar. On the rebound, the ball bounced off Runarsson and Harris sprinted into the box and drove the eventual game-winner into the bottom right corner of the net.
Vermont will make its final road trip of the regular season at Binghamton on Saturday (Oct. 27). The opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The conference matchup will be streamed on ESPN+. Fans can access ESPN+ with a seven-day free trial, followed by a subscription fee of $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year, with the ability to cancel at any time.