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Men's Soccer Off to Strong Spring Start

Abdou Mbacke Thiam has registered two goals in four spring matches
April 22, 2016

STORRS, Conn. – After making its 17th NCAA Tournament appearance in the 18 seasons in November, the UConn men’s soccer team has opened its 2016 spring slate with three wins in four matches.

Connecticut opened its five-match spring slate on April 2 with a 1-0 victory at Boston College behind a goal from rising sophomore Abdou Mbacke Thiam. The Eagles are one of 10 programs scheduled to visit Joseph J. Morrone Stadium during the 2016 regular season.

Next up, Connecticut traveled to Gillette Stadium, home of Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution, for a match against the Revs. The Huskies battled but fell, 1-0, to the professionals on April 9.

The Huskies got back into the win column on April 16 at Addison Park in Glastonbury, topping former Big East rival St. Johns, 3-1, behind first-half goals from Simen Olfasen, Kwame Awuah, and Andrew Geres. Additionally, the team held its first ProHealth Clinic prior to kickoff. UConn improved to 3-1 with a 1-0 victory over Hartford in a rescheduled match on April 21 as Thiam tallied his second spring goal at Al-Marzook Field.

Connecticut will round out its spring schedule on Saturday, April 23 when it takes on Hofstra with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Tolland High School. Prior to kickoff, the Huskies will host a ProHealth Clinic from 5-6 p.m.



UConn is coming off a 10-6-6 2015 season in which it earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament for the 17th time in the last 18 seasons. Throughout the year, 42,054 fans came to watch the Huskies at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium, including the No. 2 average mark in the country with 3,666 fans per match.

As a program, UConn has ranked No. 1 in the nation in attendance eight times since 1998 and has been in the top-five in each of the last 17 seasons.

To keep up with the Huskies throughout the spring, follow @UConnMSOC on Twitter. Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #EveryGameMatters for up-to-date information on the team