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STORRS, Conn. – Coming off a 2-0 win over Temple in the American Athletic Conference opener on Saturday, the UConn men’s soccer team prepares to begin a challenging three-game homestand, starting with Providence on Tuesday.
The Huskies (3-2-2, 1-0-0 American) meet the Friars for the 41st time in program history, taking on their old Big East rival. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET) at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium, marking the start of “Fandamonium Week.”
Tuesday’s contest will be broadcast on 91.7FM and WHUS.org with John Tuite on the call, as well as be available on Game Tracker and Husky Vision. Game updates can be followed @UConnMSOC on Twitter.
Junior captain Abdou Mbacke Thiam, who earned American Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, scored in his third-straight match to help the Huskies to a 2-0 win over Temple. He has now scored four goals in the past three games.
Redshirt senior goalkeeper Scott Levene, named American Goalkeeper of the Week for the second time this season, matched a career-high with seven saves against the Owls. His 0.65 goals against average is the best in the conference.
The Huskies have not lost in their last four results, going 2-0-2 after a 1-2-0 start to the campaign. The Providence game begins a stretch that includes three home matches within six days, with just the Temple contest breaking up a streak of nine home games.
SCOUTING THE FRIARS
Providence (2-5-1) has lost three of its last four games entering Tuesday, despite starting the season as No. 12 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll. Recently, the Friars dropped a Big East game to Butler on Saturday. Mac Steeves leads the team with four goals and three assists, totaling 11 points. UConn leads the all-time series, 32-6-2.
OFFENSE AND DEFENSE
Saturday’s game was the first time this season that UConn received goals from multiple players in the same game. Thiam and sophomore Niko Petridis found the back of the net for the Huskies, while the defensive backline along with Levene recorded its third shutout victory of the season. The Huskies lead the American in goals allowed per game (0.71).
THREE GAME STREAK
Thiam has scored in each of the past three games for UConn, the fourth time in his career that he has tallied a goal in at least three consecutive matches. His career-long was four games as a sophomore, a stretch where the Huskies were 4-0.
After Providence on Tuesday, UConn faces reigning AAC champion Tulsa on Friday (American Digital Network) and No. 3 Maryland on Monday. The Huskies are 0-1-1 against ranked opponents this season.