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Olafsen Named Conference Defender of the Week

Simen Olafsen helped lead the Husky defense to two shutouts last week

Oct. 3, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - After helping lead the No. 18 UConn men's soccer team to a 2-0 week, including a conference road victory at Tulsa, Husky centerback Simen Olafsen has been selected as the American Athletic Conference Defender of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday afternoon. Additionally, Husky goalkeeper Scott Levene and striker Abdou Mbacke Thiam earned a spot on the conference's weekly honor roll.

Olafsen played a key piece in the Connecticut defense which opened the week with a 1-0 victory at Providence on Sept. 28 before picking up three points in The American with a 1-0 victory at Tulsa on Oct. 8. Through 11 matches, UConn checks in as the top team in The American and No. 19 in the nation with a 0.63 goals against average and also ranks 39th with a 0.45 shutout percentage.

Mbacke, who was tabbed as the league's Offensive Player of the Week a week ago, scored the lone goal in the victory over the Friars and assisted on the score against Tulsa on Saturday. Levene posted back-to-back clean sheets in the net, bringing his season shutout total to five.

As a team, Connecticut has opened the 2016 slate with an 8-3-0 overall mark, including a perfect 2-0 record in conference play. The team has won five straight overall, posting three-straight shutouts.

Connecticut returns to the pitch on Saturday, Oct. 8 when it welcomes Cincinnati to Joseph J. Morrone Stadium at 8 p.m. A full match preview will be available on on Thursday.