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Conference Leaders Meet on Friday

Second time the Huskies have played on the American Digital Network this season (PC: Steve Slade).
Oct. 12, 2017


STORRS, Conn. –
Undefeated in American Athletic Conference play, the UConn men’s soccer team prepares for a showdown with USF – the only other undefeated – on Friday night at Corbett Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. (ET) and will be broadcast on the American Digital Network.

The Huskies (6-3-2, 3-0-0 American) have won four of their last five contests heading into Friday’s game, which will determine who takes a step ahead in the conference standings. UConn is coming off a 1-0 win over Cincinnati last Saturday.

Fans can watch the game for free on the American Digital Network by clicking HERE. It is the second time the Huskies have played on ADN this season, with the first resulting in a 1-0 win over Tulsa on Sept. 29 at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.

Junior captain Abdou Mbacke Thiam scored his fifth game-winner of the season in the 79th minute against the Bearcats on Saturday, leading UConn to its second road conference victory of the season. Thiam has a team-high seven goals.

Redshirt senior Scott Levene was named American Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday, while junior captain Jacob Hauser-Ramsey earned Defensive Player of the Week. The duo helped the Huskies pitch their sixth shutout of the season against Cincinnati.

UConn leads the all-time series with USF, 11-3-3, which dates back to 1988. Since joining the American in 2013, the Huskies trail the Bulls, 3-5-1, in nine meetings.


USF (6-3-1, 3-0-0 American) is the only other team with an undefeated record in conference play. The Bulls have won five of their last six games and have not had a losing result since Sept. 8 against Creighton. Adrian Billhardt is the team’s leading scorer with five goals and five assists (15 points), while six other players have recorded multiple goals this season. Christian Knight is 5-0-1 with 25 saves in six appearances as goalkeeper.


The winner of Friday’s game controls its own destiny in terms of winning the regular season title. The regular-season champion will host the American Athletic Conference Tournament on its home field on Nov. 10th (semifinals) and 12th (final).


In the first three conference games of 2017, UConn is 3-0-0 with shutout wins over Temple, Tulsa and Cincinnati. The Huskies are currently tied for first place with USF, with both teams currently sitting at nine points. UConn has not allowed a goal to a conference opponent yet this season. Scott Levene has made 16 saves in those three contests, while Thiam and sophomore Niko Petridis have a pair of goals each.


UConn began its season playing nine of its first 10 games at Morrone Stadium, but following the Maryland game, the Huskies play three road games over a 15-day stretch against Cincinnati, USF and Boston College. It will be the longest road stretch of the season for UConn, as five of its final eight matches in the regular season will be on opposing fields.