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Levene, Burgess Earn American Recognition

Scott Levene has started 55 straight games for UConn (Steve Slade).
Sept. 4, 2017


STORRS, Conn. –
Redshirt senior goalkeeper Scott Levene was named Goalkeeper of the Week and redshirt sophomore Nkosi Burgess earned Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the American Athletic Conference on Monday.

The UConn men’s soccer team, which split the week with an overtime win against Quinnipiac and a tight 1-0 loss to No. 9 Notre Dame, was well-represented in the American awards for this past week.

Levene, who has now started 55 straight games for the Huskies in goal, needs just one more start to tie UConn legend Andre Blake for the second-most consecutive starts for a goalie in program history.

The senior keeper posted a 1-0 shutout win over the Bobcats in overtime on Monday, while holding the No. 9 Fighting Irish scoreless for the first 83 minutes. He made four saves on the week, including three against Notre Dame.

Burgess was a key part of the UConn defensive unit that held opponents to just six combined shots throughout the week. The Bobcats were stifled to two shots, while the Irish only recorded four. Just one goal was allowed in 180+ minutes of play this week.

For Levene, it is his fourth time being honored with Goalkeeper of the Week, while Burgess enjoys his first award as Defensive Player of the Week.

Junior captain Abdou Mbacke Thiam and freshman Blaise N’Gague both made appearances on the AAC Honor Roll on Monday – the second-straight nod for Thiam, who scored the overtime game-winner in the 94th minute against Quinnipiac.

N’Gague earned two starts this week, including one on UConn’s backline where he played a huge role in keeping top-10 Notre Dame scoreless for nearly all of regulation.

The Huskies return to action on Saturday when Georgetown comes to Joseph J. Morrone Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Both teams were receiving votes in last week’s United Soccer Coaches Poll.