Memphis, TN – The UConn men’s soccer team dropped its second-straight conference game on the road, losing to Memphis 2-0 from the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
UConn (11-6-0, 3-3-0 American) outshot the Tigers 13-12 in the match but was shutout for the fifth time this season.
In the first half the Huskies created a few quality scoring chances that nearly gave them the early advantage.
In the opening minute, Cheikh Stephane Coly (Dakar, Sengal) tested goalkeeper Jake Leeker with a shot on frame. Then in the 25th minute, Abdou Mbacke Thiam (Dakar, Senegal) created a great chance that Leeker was able to make the save and keep the game scoreless.
Just a few moments later, Thiam was stopped by the crossbar on his shot attempt, Thiam recorded three shots in the first half, and UConn registered five total in the first 45.
The Tigers struck first in the 40th minute, Jackson Morse tucked home his fifth goal of the season, past a diving Scott Levene, making it 1-0.
In the second half the Huskies opened with multiple chances within the first five minutes. Thiam contributed two shots, one blocked by the Memphis defense and the other one saved by Leeker. Andrew Geres (Portland, Conn. then got into the fray in the 51st minute but pushed his shot wide of goal.
Memphis doubled its lead with the second goal of the night from Jackson Morse in the 62nd minute. The sixth goal of the year for Morse made it 2-0 Tigers.
Chasing two goals, the Huskies continued to get opportunities. In the 69th minute Thiam headed a shot high over goal. Simen Olafsen dialed up an opportunity in the 85th minute but had his shot blocked by the Memphis defense. Thiam ended the match with seven shots on the night and three of them on goal.
The Huskies conclude the regular season on Senior Night at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium next Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:00 p.m. UConn will honor its six seniors on the field prior to the game.
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