PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Freshman forward Abdou Mbacke Thiam scored a pair of second half goals to lead the UConn men's soccer team to a convincing 2-0 win over American Athletic Conference foe Temple on Wednesday afternoon at Ambler Sports Complex. With the victory, the Huskies improve to 5-5-4, while Temple drops to 9-5-2.
The Huskies improve to 3-0-1 all-time against the Owls and also jump to 4-1-1 when scoring before their opponents in 2015. The squad also sports an unblemished 4-0-0 when tallying at least two goals.
Redshirt-sophomore keeper Scott Levene earned his fifth clean sheet of the season, making two saves. His counterpart Alex Cagle took the loss after allowing the lone goal.
Thiam's fifth goal of the year came at the 67:36 mark when he threaded a shot past Cagle into the bottom left corner of the net, assisted by freshman defender Moustapha Samb. The assist marked Samb's first career point in a UConn uniform.
The forward sealed the win with 3:51 remaining when he took a long pass from junior co-captain Kwame Awuah and beat Cagle on a one-on-one breakaway.
In the 10th minute, Awuah sent a long lob up the right flank toward freshman forward Fredrik Jonsson but Cagle came off his line to snatch the ball before the freshman could get a foot on it.
Sophomore midfielder Cheikh Stephane Coly picked off a pass at midfield the 16-minute mark and charged toward net before firing a shot that sailed over the crossbar.
Levene showed good instincts in the 23rd minute, making a save on a hard left-footed shot from Joonas Jokinen. Nine minutes into the second half, junior midfielder Sebastian Brems collected a loose ball at the top of the box and fired from 20 yards away but his shot was high.
Temple entered the match with a 6-0-0 record at home.
UConn closes out regular season road action on Saturday, Oct. 24 when it travels to Tulsa, Okla. to take on the Golden Hurricane. Kickoff at Hurricane Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET.
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