STORRS, Conn. – Redshirt-sophomore defender Dylan Greenberg found the back of the net with seven seconds remaining in overtime to propel the UConn men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Boston College on Tuesday night at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. With the win, Connecticut improves to 11-4-0 while the Eagles move to 6-5-2.
With the result, the Huskies move to 32-9-3 all-time against the Eagles in a series dating back to 1974 and have won eight of their last nine matches overall.
The winning goal came at the 99:53 mark when sophomore striker Abdou Mbacke Thiam (Dakar, Senegal) played a ball to senior tri-captain Kwame Awuah (Toronto, Ont.) at the top of the box. The midfielder settled the ball and laid off a pass to Greenberg, who beat the keeper on the right post for his first score of the season.
Redshirt-junior keeper Scott Levene (Stamford, Conn.) grabbed his 11th victory in net, posting a shutout with a two-save effort.
Connecticut had the game’s first chance in the eighth minute when Andrew Geres (Portland, Conn.) took a long pass up the right flank and charged towards the box before putting a low liner on frame from 22 yards out that was saved.
In the 20th minute, the Huskies earned back-to-back corner attempts and nearly broke onto the scoreboard when sophomore defender Simen Olafsen got a head on the ball in the box but pushed his attempt wide left of the frame.
UConn’s first second-half chance came in the 49th minute when Sebastian Brems collected a loose ball at the top of the box and blasted a right-footed attempt that sailed over the bar.
Awuah nearly linked up with Thiam in the 67th minute, threading a through-ball into the box that just slipped past the foot of the streaking attacker.
Connecticut nearly broke onto the scoreboard with 10 minutes to play when Thiam rushed into the box and put a shot toward net that was cleared off the line by the centerback.
The Huskies outshot the Eagles, 6-to-1, in the opening 45 minutes and maintained a 14-to-4 shot advantage over the 99-minute match. Additionally, the team attempted nine corners.
The Huskies return to American Athletic Conference play on Saturday, Oct. 22 when they challenge UCF in Orlando at 7 p.m. A complete match preview will be available on uconnhuskies.com on Thursday.