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Men's Soccer Picked to Win The American

Cheikh Stephane Coly was one of three Huskies selected to the All-Conference Preseason team.
Aug. 17, 2015

Conference Release

STORRS, Conn. - Coming off its first American Athletic Conference regular season crown in 2014, the UConn men's soccer team was picked as the favorite to win The American in 2015 in a vote of the league's coaches, as announced by the conference on Monday. Additionally, three Huskies, Kwame Awuah, Jake Nerwinski, and Cheikh Stephane Coly, were named to the Preseason All-Conference squad.

UConn topped the preseason poll with 44 total points, including a pair of first-place votes. Tulsa (43) was picked to finish second, while USF (41) finished third in the voting. Since entering the conference prior to the 2013 season, the Huskies are 10-1-5 against league foes, including a stellar 6-1-1 mark a season ago. Connecticut's 2014 crown marked the 13th conference regular season title and ninth under current head coach Ray Reid.

Awuah, one of two Husky captains, 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.

 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.

Nerwinski earns preseason honors from the conference 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.

Coly turned in a solid freshman season at UConn, providing great defense in the midfield throughout the year. The Dakar, Senegal native, who started all of the Huskies' matches in his first season, helped Connecticut tally eight shutouts and he finished his first year in Storrs with two points on one goal. He was a unanimous All-Rookie Team selection along with freshman center back Elliott Ackroyd (Nottingham, England) and left back Dylan Greenberg (Dix Hills, N.Y.).

The Huskies opened the exhibition portion of their schedule on Sunday night, topping Rider, 2-1, at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. Awuah and freshman forward Abdou Thiam tallied in the first half of the victory.

The squad returns to the pitch on Saturday, Aug. 22 when it plays host to Syracuse at 7 p.m. Admission is free.