PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Meeting for the first time in four years, the UConn men’s soccer team topped Providence, 1-0, on Wednesday night at Anderson Stadium to extend its season-best winning streak to four-straight games. With the victory, Connecticut improves to 7-3-0, while the Friars fall to 4-5-0 overall.
UConn moves to 33-6-2 all-time against Providence in a series dating back to 1973 and pushes its 2016 non-conference record to 6-3-0.
Sophomore striker Abdou Mbacke Thiam (Dakar, Senegal), who was one of three players honored by the conference on Monday, gave the Huskies the lead with 13:44 to play, scoring his team-leading seventh goal of the year. For Thiam, the tally marked his fifth score in the last four matches. In 14 career games in which the striker has found the back of the net, Connecticut owns a stellar 12-0-2 mark.
Redshirt-junior Scott Levene (Stamford, Conn.) picked up his fourth shutout of the season in net, making one save, while his counterpart Ben Seguljic took the loss after only the Husky score.
After a give-and-go in the seventh minute, senior tri-captain Kwame Awuah (Toronto, Ont.) blasted a 19-yard shot toward frame that slipped inches wide of the right post.
In the 17th minutes, sophomore defender Dylan Greenberg (Dix Hills, N.Y.) rushed up the left flank and lifted a cross in the box to Alex Sanchez (Corona, Calif.), who put an attempt on target that was turned away.
15 minutes into the second half, freshman Munir Saleh (Kitchener, Ont.) picked off a pass in the attacking third and laid a pass off to Thiam, who fired toward the upper-90, but his attempt sailed over the bar.
Levene preserved the lead with under four minutes to play, coming off the line to spear a shot heading toward the back of the net.
Both teams posted 10 shots, while the Friars held a slim 5-to-4 corner attempt advantage throughout the 90-minute match.
The Huskies will resume American Athletic Conference play on Saturday, Oct. 1 when they challenge Tulsa on the road at 8 p.m. ET on The American Digital Network. A complete match preview will be available on uconnhuskies.com on Friday.
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