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Men's Soccer Enjoys 11-day Stretch in Italy

Abdou Mbacke Thiam scored twice in UConn's victory over Latina in Rome
May 25, 2016

STORRS, Conn. – The UConn men’s soccer team continued a busy spring season, finishing up an 11-day trip to Italy on May 12-23.

The team spent its stay in Rome and participated in two matches, finishing 1-0-1 against top-flight international competition. The Huskies opened play on Monday, May 16 with a 1-1 draw against Ternana Calcio, getting on the board off a goal from rising junior Cheikh Stephane Coly. Later in the week, Connecticut picked up an impressive 3-1 victory over Latina Calcio. 2015 American Athletic Conference All-Second Team member Abdou Mbacke Thiam tallied twice in the win before rising senior co-captain Jake Nerwinski sealed the victory with his first goal of the trip.

UConn is coming off a 10-6-6 2015 season in which it earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament for the 17th time in the last 18 seasons. Throughout the year, 42,054 fans came to watch the Huskies at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium, including the No. 2 average mark in the country with 3,666 fans per match.

As a program, UConn has ranked No. 1 in the nation in attendance eight times since 1998 and has been in the top-five in each of the last 17 seasons.



An archive of the blog posts from all 11 travel days can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.

Final Wrap Up (Written by Jake Nerwinski)

Hello UConn Men's Soccer fans!

It has been a day since the team has touched back down in the States and I have had much time to reflect on the foreign tour. The trip to Rome was without-a-doubt a success. The team played great soccer against very good competition and came out with a 1-0-1 record. We were able to control the majority of possession in both games and scored four goals in two games. The outcome of the games was not the only success of the trip. Although this tour was centered around soccer, it became much more than that. The members of the team were able to bond over the course of 10 days and become closer than we have ever been before. This trip strengthened the bonds of teammates as well as the team overall. 

Having the opportunity to go on a foreign tour is something that the team will always be grateful for. Being able to go to one of the most famous and historic cities in the world made this trip even better. Rome is so rich in history and beauty. The Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and Vatican City are just some of the beauties that the team was able to experience while in Rome. 

I cannot thank the coaches and the donors enough for making this trip possible. The team will forever cherish this unforgettable experience. After coming back home, the guys could not be more excited and anxious for August to come. We are ready for next season. We are ready to make history. More importantly we are ready to make history together. 

This is Jake Nerwinski signing off, see you all in August!