TULSA, Okla. – Redshirt-junior Andrew Geres (Portland, Conn.) found the back of the net for the third time in 2016 to lead the UConn men’s soccer team to a 1-0 American Athletic Conference victory over Tulsa on Saturday night at Hurricane Stadium. With the win, Connecticut extends its season-best win streak to five-straight and moves to 8-3-0 overall, while the Golden Hurricane drop to 5-3-0.
With the result, UConn improves to 3-0-3 all-time against Tulsa in a series dating back to 2008. Additionally, the team picked up its third road victory in five games.
Redshirt-junior keeper Scott Levene (Stamford, Conn.) turned in his third-straight and fifth overall shutout of 2016, making five saves and also stopped a penalty attempt in the 86th minute, while Jake McGuire took the loss, allowing the lone score.
Geres gave the Huskies the 1-0 lead in the 31st minute, tallying his third goal of the season. Sophomore striker Abdou Mbacke Thiam (Dakar, Senegal) put a shot on frame that clanged off the left post and allowed Geres to slide into the box and finish into the bottom right corner of the net.
In the 18th minute, Jake Nerwinski (Lawrenceville, N.J.) had the Huskies’ first scoring chance of the match, sidestepping a defender at the top right corner of the box before putting a shot on goal that was saved. Two minutes, later, Thiam had a two-on-one opportunity but put his 18-yard shot over the bar.
Levene preserved the 1-0 lead in the 49the minute when he stopped a 12-yard attempt from Rollie Roche with a diving effort to his right.
The Huskies will have a week off before returning to action on Saturday, Oct. 8 vs. Cincinnati. A complete match preview will be available on uconnhuskies.com on Thursday morning.
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