STORRS, Conn. - For the first time this season, three different Huskies scored in a single match as the UConn men's soccer team cruised to a 4-0 victory over sixth-seeded Temple in front of a crowd of over 3,900 in an American Athletic Conference Quarterfinal match on Saturday night at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The Huskies improve to 8-5-5 in 2015, while the Owls round out their season at 10-7-2.
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With the victory, the Huskies, who are unbeaten in their last six games, advance to The American Semifinals to take on the second-seeded Bulls at Corbett Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Nov. 13.
The Huskies move to 6-0-0 when scoring at least two goals and also improve to 7-1-1 when taking a lead into halftime.
Freshman defender Olafsen gave UConn a 1-0 edge at the 33:39 mark when he settled a bouncing ball in the box following an inswinging corner attempt from junior co-captain Kwame Awuah and beat Temple keeper Alex Cagle on the near post. For Olafsen, the score was his first in a Husky uniform.
Thiam scored his team-leading ninth goal of the year at the 53:36 mark to push the lead to 2-0. Thiam's tally was assisted by Awuah, who sent in a curling corner attempt and picked up his team-leading ninth assist on the scoring play. Thiam notched his 10th goal just minutes later, taking a pass from fellow freshman Moustapha Samb and putting racing up the field before putting in a shot from 25 yards out.
Freshman forward DeAndrae Brown put the finishing touches on the win when he tallied his first career goal, heading in a cross from Samb into the bottom right corner of the cage.
Redshirt-sophomore keeper Scott Levene made four saves en route to his seventh shutout of the year, while Cagle took the loss after allowing all four Husky scores.
Leeman nearly put the Huskies up 1-0 at the 26-minute mark, beating Cagle on the near side and putting a shot on target that clanged off the post.
Connecticut is 4-0-1 all-time vs. Temple and has scored 13 goals in its last four matches against the Owls.
Five minutes into the second half, Awuah earned the team's second corner attempt of the contest, setting up Brems on the set piece but the Bulls were able to knock it off a Husky and out of danger.