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Men's Soccer Hosts Rhode Island on Saturday

Abdou Mbacke Thiam scored his first two career goals on Sunday night against UCSB.

Sept. 18, 2015

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STORRS, Conn. - Fresh off a pair of 2-1 victories last week, the UConn men's soccer team returns to the pitch on Saturday, Sept. 19 when it plays host to Rhode Island at 7 p.m. at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The game will be broadcasted on, 91.7 FM.

The Last Meeting
Rhode Island0
November 22, 2003
Joseph J. Morrone Stadium, Conn.

Fans unable to attend the contest can keep up with the match via a live video feed and gametracker. Links are posted above.

UConn (2-0-3) is coming off a dramatic 2-1 victory over No. 19 UC Santa Barbara on Sunday night. After the Gauchos opened the scoring in the 57th minute on a penalty kick, freshman forward Abdou Mbacke Thiam scored twice in the span of 2:19 to secure the Huskies' second-straight win. For his efforts, Thiam was selected as the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the week, while teammate Scott Levene earned a spot on the league's weekly honor roll for his role in the net.

The Huskies enter Sunday's tilt unbeaten in their last 12 matches, dating back to Oct. 14, 2014. During the stretch, Connecticut owns a 16-to-3 goal advantage and has posted eight shutouts. In the most recent NCAA stats update, UConn ranked first in The American and 11th in the nation with a 0.35 goals against average and also ranks 20th overall with a .600 shutout percentage.

Individually, Levene leads the conference and is 15th nationally with a 0.35 GAA, while junior co-captain Kwame Awuah ranks fourth in the league with two total assists.

On Thursday, the program lost a legend when former head coach Joe Morrone (1935-2015) passed away at the age of 79. At UConn, Morrone compiled a 28-year overall record of 358-178-53. He led his Huskies to the NCAA Men's Soccer national semifinals in three consecutive seasons---winning the 1981 NCAA National Championship and earning a berth in the NCAA National Semifinals in both 1982 and 1983.

Connecticut was ranked No. 19 in the weekly Soccer America poll, which was released on Monday.

Saturday's match will mark just the second-ever meeting between the two programs. The Huskies topped the Rams, 1-0, in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament.

To keep up with the team during the season, follow @UConnMSOC on Twitter. Fans are encouraged to use the hashtags #EveryGameMatters or #EGM for the 2015 campaign.