ORLANDO, Fla. – The UConn men’s soccer team lost 2-1 in overtime to the UCF Knights on Saturday night from the UCF Soccer and Track Complex. The defeat moves UConn’s record to 11-5-0 overall and 3-2-0 in The American this season.
Mattias Pyysalo’s 93rd minute strike from the right corner of the box propelled UCF (4-8-0, 2-3-0) to the overtime victory and was Pyysalo’s ninth goal of the season.
Brian Jamba started the scoring in the 76th minute, powering a shot from outside the box that clipped just underneath the crossbar to push the Knights ahead, 1-0.
UConn responded quickly by scoring an equalizer in the 81st minute. Abdou Mbacke Thiam (Dakar, Senegal) jumped on a rebound from a shot off the foot of Sebastian Brems (Odense, Denmark). The initial shot from Brems rebounded off the goalkeeper and inside the box and Thiam deposited the ball into the back of the net. It was Thiam's team-leading 10th goal of the season.
After a quiet first half that the Huskies outshot the Knights 3-1, chances increased in the second half.
In the 54th minute, Thiam received a pass inside the box and had his shot saved and knocked out for a corner kick.
The Huskies threatened a few moments later when Andrew Geres (Portland, Conn) smoked a shot from just outside the box. Unfortunately, the shot was blocked by the Knights defense and cleared away.
UConn is back on the road next Saturday, Oct. 29 against the Memphis Tigers. A full match preview will be available on uconnhuskies.com on Thursday.