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STORRS, Conn. – The UConn men’s soccer team picked up American Athletic Conference recognition on Monday, as junior captain Abdou Mbacke Thiam was selected Offensive Player of the Week and redshirt senior Scott Levene earned Goalkeeper of the Week.
The Huskies (3-2-2, 1-0-0 American) recorded a 2-0 shutout win over Temple on Saturday night in Philadelphia, Pa., winning their conference opener for the second straight season. Thiam and Levene were an instrumental part of the victory.
Thiam, UConn’s leading scorer, tallied a goal in his third-consecutive match to increase his team-high five goals. His score came in the 26th minute off a pass from sophomore Munir Saleh, putting the Huskies up 1-0 on the Owls.
In the last three games, Thiam has scored four goals – with the highlight being two goals within a 35-second stretch against North Florida back on Sept. 16. He had earned three mentions on the American Honor Roll this season prior to Monday’s announcement.
In each of his first two seasons at UConn, Thiam has led the Huskies in scoring and is on pace to make it three straight years in 2017. He was named All-Conference First Team as a sophomore, while selected All-Second Team and All-Rookie Team in 2015.
Levene tied a personal-best with seven saves in preserving Saturday’s shutout of the Owls, on the way to his second Goalkeeper of the Week award (Sept. 4) this season. It was his third shutout victory of 2017.
The UConn goalkeeper leads the American in goals against average (0.65) and goals allowed per game (0.71). He has made 22 saves on the season and dating back to 2014, has now made 59 straight starts in goal for the Huskies – second-most in program history.
UConn begins a challenging three-game homestand on Tuesday night when old Big East rival Providence comes to Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET).