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Men's Soccer Hosts N.C. State in Saturday Exhibition

Andrew Geres and the Huskies prepare for Saturday's exhibition.
Aug. 17, 2017


STORRS, Conn. -
The No. 24 UConn men's soccer program concludes exhibition play on Saturday night when North Carolina State visits Joseph J. Morrone Stadium for a 7 p.m. (ET) kickoff with the Huskies.

Admission is free for all in attendance and live stats will be available for the game via Game Tracker. It will be the second exhibition of the preseason for UConn, which traveled to play Rutgers this past Sunday.

Under 21-year head coach Ray Reid, the Huskies were selected to finish first in the American Athletic Conference Preseason Poll on Tuesday - two weeks after being ranked No. 24 in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll.

The Huskies welcome 11 newcomers to the roster in 2017, in addition to returning All-Conference players in Abdou Mbacke Thiam (Mbour, Senegal), Niko Petridis (Norwalk, Conn.) and Munir Saleh (Kitchener, Ont.).

The meeting with N.C. State will come just six days before the season-opener against Iona on Friday, Aug. 25 at Morrone Stadium. UConn kicks-off the 2017 campaign with two home matches in four days - both at 7 p.m. (Iona, Aug. 25 and Quinnipiac, Aug. 28)


UConn split time between starters and reserves in Sunday's 1-0 loss to Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. - allowing 10 new players to make their debuts for Reid's squad. The Huskies held a 6-3 shot advantage in the first half with starters and played to a scoreless tie in the first 45 minutes with redshirt senior Scott Levene as goalkeeper.


The Wolfpack played Appalachian State in its first exhibition game this past Sunday, which ended in a scoreless tie. N.C. State ended the 2016 season with a 5-12 record (1-7 ACC), losing in the first round of the ACC Championship. Much like UConn, the Wolfpack will have a different look this year with 11 newcomers on the roster.


David Abunaw, Austin Aviza, and Dayonn Harris - three transfers - as well as Josh Burnett, Austin DaSilva, Aaron Dang, Nick DeMaso, Blaise N'Gague, Jarod Riedl and Cole Venner each made their first appearance in a UConn uniform this past Sunday at Rutgers.


The Huskies will see their first action at Morrone Stadium since Senior Day last November against SMU. In each of the past six seasons, UConn has drawn an average of more than 3,500 fans to each home game. As recent as 2015, UConn finished second in the nation in average fan attendance per match (3,504).