STORRS, Conn. - On Friday, UConn men's soccer head coach Ray Reid announced that rising juniors Jake Nerwinski (Lawrenceville, N.J.) and Kwame Awuah (Toronto, Canada) will serve as captains for the 2015 season, set to begin on Aug. 28.
Nerwinski earns honors as a captain after starting in all 19 games as a sophomore in 2014. An American Athletic Conference All-Second Team member, Nerwsinki finished fifth on the team with seven points on two goals and three assists. He scored his first career goal against Seattle on Sept. 14, tallying the game-winner in the 30th minute. He was a key piece of the Husky defense that allowed just three goals in conference play and was ranked 19th in DI in shutout percentage.
The Lawrenceville, N.J. native burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2013, starting in 15 games and tallying five assists. He notched a pair of helpers in UConn's 2-1 victory over Quinnipiac in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and also helped the Husky defense record 12 shutouts.
Awuah earned a starting assignment in each game last season, tallying a team-best five assists. His nine total points ranked second on the team and he finished the year tied for fifth in the conference with a pair of game-winning goals. The midfielder was named to The American's weekly honor roll on Oct. 13 after scoring the winning goal against league foe Tulsa on Oct. 11.
Awuah started in 22 of 23 games as a freshman in 2013, 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. He netted his first career goal against top-seeded UCLA in the NCAA Tournament Third Round, helping the Huskies advance to their third-straight NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal.
The Huskies, who finished last season unbeaten in each of their last seven matches, will face five teams that qualified for the 2014 NCAA Tournament this fall. Twelve of Connecticut's 17 opponents this season finished last year with a winning record, and 11 of those teams tallied at least 10 wins in 2014.
Since entering the American Athletic Conference prior to the 2013 season, the Huskies are 10-1-5 against league foes and claimed the 2014 conference regular season crown.
The 2015 season opener is set against St. Francis (N.Y.) on Friday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. In 2013, the Huskies defeated the Terriers, 1-0, behind a goal from MLS top pick Cyle Larin.
To keep up with the team during the preseason, follow @UConnMSOC on Twitter.
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