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Conference Clash with Tulsa on Friday

UConn huddle before Tuesday's match vs. Providence (PC: Steve Slade).
Sept. 28, 2017


STORRS, Conn. –
Riding a two-game winning streak, the UConn men’s soccer team continues its competitive stretch at home on Friday when reigning American Athletic Conference champion Tulsa visits Joseph J. Morrone Stadium for a 7:05 p.m. (ET) kickoff.

When the Huskies (4-2-2, 1-0-0 American) take on the Golden Hurricane (3-3-1, 1-0-0 American), it will be broadcast on the American Digital Network for free with Lincoln Rose and Roland Garanzuay on the call. John Tuite will have the call on 91.7 FM, 

Friday is the second game of a challenging three-match homestand for UConn, known as Fandamonium Week, with a looming matchup with No. 1/3 Maryland on Monday night. The Huskies beat Providence, 1-0, to begin this stretch on Tuesday.

Junior captain Abdou Mbacke Thiam, who earned Offensive Player of the Week honors this past Monday, scored the game-winner in the 82nd minute against the Friars – lifting the Huskies to their fourth shutout victory of the season.

The UConn striker has now accounted for six of eight goals for his team and leads the American in goals (6) and goals per game (0.75). Thiam also has a conference-best four game-winning scores this season.

Redshirt senior goalkeeper Scott Levene made six saves against the Friars, making it three-straight games with at least six saves in the goal. Levene has not allowed a goal in the last 212:51 minutes of action, going back to the North Florida game on Sept. 16.

UConn leads the all-time series with Tulsa, 3-2-2, with the first match being played in 2008. Since joining the American in 2013, the Huskies have played Tulsa five times (2-2-1).  


The Golden Hurricane enter Friday having lost two of its last three matches, but most recently picking up a 1-0 overtime win over SMU in conference action. On Sept. 9, Tulsa upset No. 1 Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. by a 2-0 margin. Tulsa has claimed each of the past three AAC titles under head coach Tom McIntosh. Rollie Rocha is the team’s leading scorer with three goals and one assist.


Thiam has scored at least one goal in each of the past four games, matching a career-long streak that he achieved as a sophomore in 2016. UConn has gone 3-0-1 in this four-game stretch, as the junior has led the offensive attack.


Sophomore Niko Petridis assisted on Thiam’s goal on Tuesday, becoming the fourth Husky this season to record multiple assists – joining redshirt junior Dylan Greenberg, sophomore Munir Saleh and freshman Josh Burnett. In 2016, UConn had eight players post multiple assists throughout the year.


Levene has now started 60 consecutive games between the posts for UConn, dating back to his redshirt freshman season in 2014. He passed Andre Blake for second all-time in consecutive starts for a Husky goalkeeper earlier this season.