Reid Gets 400th Win As UConn Tops Temple, 3-1

STORRS — With help from his standout sophomore Cyle Larin and a strong defensive performance from his young team, UConn men's soccer coach Ray Reid picked up his 400th career victory Wednesday with a 3-1 win against Temple at Morrone Stadium.

Larin, one of the best forwards in the college game, scored with 28:36 left in the first half on a penalty kick and again with 34:22 left in the second to make it 2-1. About nine minutes after Larin's second goal, Ethan Vanacore-Decker put the game away for UConn (6-6-2, 4-1-1 in the AAC) and assured his coach a date with history when he scored with 25:40 left to make it 3-1. Temple's only goal came from Stefan Mueller on a rare opportunity in the second half.

The victory puts Reid in elite company. Or, as he likes to say, "rarefied air." Reid, in his 26th season coaching and his 18th at UConn, is the 16th coach in Division I history and the 34th coach in college soccer history to reach 400 victories.

"I'm fortunate, I love what I do, I work at a great university, which has allowed me to go out and get the best assistants in the country and great players," Reid said. "I'm a lucky guy and I mean that. The wins come because we have really good players and good assistant coaches. I'm blessed. There's a lot of guys in America that want this job and I got it."

Reid, with a 400-103-63 record, is sixth among active coaches with the win. He has 254 victories at UConn and 146 at Southern in eight seasons.

"I'm happy we're 6-6-2, we're 4-1-1 in the league, and Saturday night with SMU becomes a big game," Reid said. "I'm happy for the kids and I really mean that. The first 394 came a lot quicker than the last six."

Nearly two decades after replacing former UConn coach Joe Morrone, Reid moved even closer to topping the legend in the wins column. Morrone, who coached for 38 seasons at UConn and Middlebury, had 417 wins.

After the game, Reid mentioned his old coach and mentor at Southern, Bob Dikranian, as pivotal to his career.

"I'm here [Wednesday] because of my dad and coach Dikranian," Reid said. "Coach Dikranian, all divisions, is the best coach. He's probably put out 34 college coaches. I'm very lucky I'm here."

Temple (2-11-2) did its best to make sure that Reid didn't get the milestone, scoring a beautiful goal from Mueller in the first six minutes of the second half. But the Huskies responded just five minutes later when Larin scored his seventh goal of the season, heeling a ball from defender Sergio Campbell into the back of the net.

Campbell got the ball after a corner from Dylan Greenberg was deflected. With Temple jamming the box, Campbell fed a low pass toward the net that Larin just got a piece of with his left foot.

About nine minutes later, Vanacore-Decker collected a ball in the box and cut around a defender to find open space and a clear shot on net. He didn't miss.

On a wet and a windy night at Morrone, UConn had no trouble moving the ball. In the first half, UConn had four corners and a handful of strong chances from Larin and Vanacore-Decker. But the only goal came after Vanacore Decker was brought down in the box by Matt Mahoney. Larin scored on a penalty shot to goalie Dan Scheck's right corner.

Scott Levene got the win in net with three saves.

"I'm worried about SMU [on Saturday] right now," Reid said. "Four hundred wins means I'm getting [old]. When I started I had a full head of hair, I had a beard, I actually had long hair and now I look like someone's grandpa."

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