STORRS, Conn. – On Wednesday, UConn men’s soccer head coach announced that a trio of upperclassmen, Jake Nerwinski (Lawrenceville, N.J.), Kwame Awuah (Toronto, Canada), and Cheikh Stephane Coly (Dakar, Senegal), will serve as tri-captains for the 2016 season, set to begin on Aug. 26.
Nerwinski earns his second-straight captain nod after starting in all 22 games during his junior campaign in 2015. The Husky defender finished the season second on the team and ninth in the league with five helpers, earning a spot on the American Athletic Conference First Team. He was an important piece of the UConn defense which recorded seven shutouts and a stellar 0.76 goals against average.
In 2014, The Husky defender finished fifth on the team with seven points on two goals and three assists on his way to an American Athletic Conference All-Second Team nod. He played a crucial role in the Connecticut defense that allowed just three goals in conference play and ranked 19th in the nation in shutout percentage.
The New Jersey native burst on the scene as a freshman in 2013, starting in 15 games with five assists. He notched a pair of helpers in the Huskies’ 2-1 NCAA Tournament victory over Quinnipiac and helped the Connecticut defense tally 12 clean sheets.
In addition to his experience on the pitch with the Huskies, Nerwinski was one of 28 players nationally to receive an invitation to attend the U23 Men’s National Team training in August of 2015.
Awuah, who served as a co-captain in 2015, established himself as one of the nation’s premier midfielder players after a fantastic junior season that ended with American Athletic Conference Co-Midfielder of the Year honors. An All-Conference First Team member, Awauh led the league with 12 assists and also collected three goals, including a pair of scores in the Huskies’ 3-1 comeback victory over Boston University in the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 29.
As a sophomore, he started in all 19 games, tallying a team-best five assists and helping the Connecticut defense to five shutouts in conference play. As a freshman in 2013, Awuah started in 22 of 23 games, earning a spot on the conference’s All-Rookie Team. In addition to his honors from the league, he was placed on the Soccer America All-Freshman Second Team.
A first-time captain, Coly earned a starting nod in all 22 games for the Huskies in 2015, helping the team notch seven shutouts and a 0.76 goals against average. As a freshman in 2014, he was honored as the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year and was a unanimous selection to the league’s All-Rookie team. He scored his first career goal in UConn’s win over Stony Brook on Sept. 1 and helped the defense record nine total shutouts.
Since entering The American prior to the 2013 season, the Huskies are 13-4-7 against league foes and claimed the 2014 conference regular season crown.
The 2016 season kicks off on Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. against Iona at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. Fans can keep up with the Huskies during the preseason by following @UConnMSOC on Twitter.
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