-- UConn Men's Soccer (@UConnMSOC) August 21, 2016
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's soccer team wrapped up its 2016 exhibition slate on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Rutgers on Saturday at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
For the second-straight game, UConn got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the 40th minute. Senior midfielder Sebastian Brems (Odense, Denmark) got the scoring play started, laying a ball to Kwame Awuah (Toronto, Ont.) at the top right corner of the box. The Husky tri-captain fired in a high-arching cross towards sophomore Simen Olafsen (Oppegaard, Norway), who finished with a header into the bottom left corner of the net from six yards out.
UConn doubled up its lead at the 61:06-mark when freshman midfielder Munir Saleh (Kitchener, Ont.) scored the first goal of his Husky career after collecting a loose ball in the box and beating the keeper to the left side. Redshirt-sophomore Dylan Greenberg (Dix Hills, N.Y.) and Brems were credited with assists on the scoring play.
Redshirt-junior keeper Scott Levene (Stamford, Conn.) posted a clean sheet in 90 minutes in net, notching a pair of saves. His counter David Greczek allowed a pair of Husky goals and recorded three saves for the Scarlet Knights.
The Huskies' first chance of the game came in the 13th minute when Jake Nerwinski (Lawrenceville, N.J.) took the ball on the endline and cut towards the goal, sending in a low cross to Awuah, who chipped a shot wide left of the cage.
10 minutes later, Nerwinski fired in a long cross that bounded towards freshman Niko Petridis(Norwalk, Conn.), who fired a shot that was saved by Greczek.
In total, Connecticut outshot Rutgers, 12-to-3 and held a 5-to-1 advantage on corner opportunities. In 180 minutes of preseason action, the Husky defense allowed just two shots on goal - both saved by Levene.
The Huskies begin their regular season slate on Friday, Aug. 26 when they welcome Iona to Morrone Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.