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STORRS, Conn. – The UConn men’s soccer team has an opportunity for a season-defining win when No. 1/3 Maryland comes to town for a matchup on Monday night at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET).
The Huskies (5-2-2, 2-0-0 American) are riding a three-game winning streak, recently beating Providence and Tulsa by 1-0 margins within the last five days. Monday’s game marks the ninth home match in the first 10 contests this season for UConn.
The UConn-Maryland clash will be available on 91.7 FM, WHUS.org with John Tuite on the call. Fans not in attendance can also follow on Game Tracker or watch on Husky Vision, as well as monitor updates at @UConnMSOC on Twitter.
The Terps rank No. 1 in the Soccer America Men’s Top 25 rankings, while holding down No. 3 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll. UConn’s last game against a No. 1 team was Notre Dame in 2016, which resulted in a 1-0 double-overtime loss.
Back in 2013, the Huskies knocked-off No. 1 UCLA in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the quarterfinals against Virginia. The victory over the Bruins was the last time UConn beat the top-ranked team in the country.
Sophomore Niko Petridis is coming off a strong week, recording an assist on the game-winning goal against Providence on Tuesday and netting the game-winner over Tulsa on Friday. He has recorded at least one point in each of the past four games.
Maryland leads the all-time series with UConn, 7-3-0, as Monday’s game will be the 11th meeting dating back to 1950.
SCOUTING THE TERPS
Maryland (7-0-3) is coming off a 3-0 win over Northwestern on Friday night, following a pair of ties against No. 6 Michigan State and UMBC. Against three ranked opponents this season, the Terps are 1-0-2 and in the Big 10, they are 3-0-2. Gordon Wild leads the team with five goals and he is one of eight players to score this season for Maryland.
NO GOALS ALLOWED
Redshirt senior goalkeeper Scott Levene and the UConn defense have pitched three consecutive shutouts, including a pair of conference wins against Temple and Tulsa. Levene has made 16 saves in the past three matches.
Junior captain Abdou Mbacke Thiam is tied for the conference lead in goals (6) and tied for fourth in points (13), while leading the American in shots (37) and shots per game (4.11). UConn’s most potent offensive threat, Thiam saw his four-game scoring streak snapped against Tulsa on Friday.
For UConn men’s soccer news and updates, follow the Huskies on Twitter (@UConnMSOC), Facebook (UConn Men’s Soccer) and Instagram (@uconnmsoc). Photos and video from Monday night’s battle with Maryland will be provided.