STORRS, Conn. – Freshman forward Abdou Mbacke Thiam tallied his team-leading third goal of the season as the UConn men’s soccer team played to a 1-1 draw in double overtime with conference foe Cincinnati on Wednesday at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. With the result, UConn moves to 3-3-4, while Cincinnati sits at 6-4-2.
The Huskies took an early lead in the 27th minute when Thiam earned a penalty kick after getting tripped up in the box and buried his ensuing attempt into the upper left of the net. Thiam is one of five Huskies to have recorded his first career goal in the 2015 season.
Cincinnati knotted the game up at one in the 64th minute when Alejandro Garcia netted his eighth score of the season, heading in a pass from Adam Wilson.
Scott Levene earned his fourth draw of the season, making four saves while his counterpart Pedro Diaz stopped one Husky shot in the net. In total, UConn out-shot the Bearcats, 16-to-9, and also held a 10-to-2 edge on corner kicks attempts.
UConn's first chance of the match came in the first minute when freshman forward Fredrik Jonsson used a spin move to create space and race toward the endline before sending in a low cross that was knocked away by a sliding Diaz.
In the 13th minute, senior forward Tyler Leeman laid off a back-heel pass to Jonsson in stride at the top right corner of the box but the freshman's attempt slipped wide left of the cage. Thiam nearly tallied another goal in the 30th minute, finding space in the box and putting a header toward the goal but it missed wide.
Thiam stayed active in the second half, narrowly missing a goal in the 59th minute when he received a cross from Awuah and headed an attempt wide. With 12 minutes remaining, Awuah took the team's seventh corner of the match and sent in a ball to junior co-captain Jake Nerwinski but his attempt was wide left.
With time about to expire in the first overtime period, Awuah blasted a shot toward Diaz from the top left corner of the box but it curled over the crossbar and out of play.In the 107th minute, Awuah put on a shot on target that was knocked away by a lunging effort from Diaz.
The Huskies now sport a 2-2-3 all-time record against the Bearcats in a series that dates back to 1998.
The Huskies hit the road for their second road conference tilt of the season on Saturday, Oct. 10 against SMU. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET.
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