PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Two UConn men's soccer players earned weekly American Athletic Conference awards on Monday, as sophomore defender Jakob Nerwinski (Lawrenceville, N.J.) was named the conference Defensive Player of the Week, while freshman midfielder Cheikh Stephane Coly (Dakar, Senegal) was tabbed as the Rookie of the Week.
Nerwinski received the accolade after tallying his first collegiate goal and a career-best three points in Connecticut's 3-1 win on the road against Seattle on Sunday afternoon. The UConn defender sent in a great pass to sophomore forward Ethan Vanacore-Decker (Manahawkin, N.J.) to open up the scoring for the Huskies yesterday before doubling UConn's lead in the 30th minute with a shot from the top of the box.
Monday's announcement marked the first time the sophomore has earned a weekly conference award while at UConn. Nerwinski, who played in 21 games last season for the Huskies, helped Connecticut record 12 shutouts in 2013.
Coly earned Rookie of the Week honors for the first time ever following his play in Connecticut's matches against Stony Brook and No. 10 Washington (Friday, Sept. 12) this week. The midfielder provided solid defense for the Huskies, especially against the Redhawks, who were held to just one goal after coming into the match averaging 1.75 goals a contest. Coly has started each of the Huskies' five matches this year, and against Stony Brook (Sept. 1) he tallied his first career goal off a corner kick.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Jacob Wagmeister (River Edge, N.J.) was named to the conference Honor Roll after earning his fourth career victory against Seattle. His six saves against the Redhawks tied a career-high, and he became the second Husky to earn a spot on the Honor Roll this season. Forward Cyle Larin (Brampton, Ontario), who leads Connecticut with four goals in 2014, has been on the list in each of the first two weeks.
UConn returns to the pitch this Friday with a home game against Iona at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The match kicks off at 7 p.m.