TAMPA, Fla. – The UConn men’s soccer team lost 2-0 to Tulsa in The American Conference semifinals on Friday night from Corbett Soccer Stadium.
The third-seeded Huskies got behind early on a goal from Juan Sanchez in the 11th minute; it was the first shot of the match for either team.
UConn was able to create multiple chances in the first half. A few moments after the Tulsa goal, senior co-captain Jake Nerwinski (Lawrenceville, N.J.) crossed a ball inside the box that found Abdou Mbacke Thiam (Dakar, Senegal), who had his shot knocked away by the Tulsa keeper.
In the 22nd minute Dylan Greenberg (Dix Hills, N.Y.) served a pass towards the far post that Thiam volleyed out of the air but was blocked by a Tulsa defender.
Thiam then created another scoring chance in the 28th minute when the Huskies striker was taken down outside the box. Kwame Awuah (Toronto, Ont.) set the ball down about 19 yards from goal and hammered a low shot into a wall of Tulsa defenders.
The game remained 1-0 into the second half of play, Tulsa grabbed a two-goal advantage when a long ball was lofted down field that Matthew Puig was able to stay onside, chase down and score to make it 2-0 Golden Hurricane
Down a pair, the Huskies tried to chip away at the deficit but couldn’t muster a goal. The Huskies had a few set piece opportunities in the second half that couldn’t be converted.
UConn (11-7-1) now has to wait for the NCAA Selection Show on Monday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m on NCAA.com. The NCAA tournament consists of a 48-team field with first round matches kicking off on Thursday, Nov. 17.