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STORRS, Conn. – Coming off a 2-0 win over USF in American Athletic Conference action, the first-place UConn men’s soccer team prepares for a midweek contest at Boston College on Tuesday night at the Newton Campus Lacrosse and Soccer Field.
Kickoff between the Huskies (7-3-2, 4-0-0 American) and Eagles (5-8-0, 1-5-0 ACC) is scheduled for 6 p.m. (ET) on the ACC Network Extra, available on ESPN3. It is a free live stream, with just cable provider info required.
On Monday, junior captain Jacob Hauser-Ramsey and freshman Josh Burnett were each recognized for their performances at USF. Hauser-Ramsey earned his second-straight American Defensive Player of the Week honor, while Burnett received his first Rookie of the Week award.
In the 2-0 win over the Bulls, which was UConn’s conference-leading seventh shutout of the season and fourth shutout in American matches, Hauser-Ramsey was key in the defense’s effort to limit USF to just four shots on goal.
Burnett wasted no time in coming up big for the Huskies, as his goal in the fourth minute (3:43) was the quickest of the season for any UConn player. Junior captain Abdou Mbacke Thiam assisted on Burnett’s tally, which gave the Huskies a permanent lead.
The only undefeated team remaining in American play, UConn prepares for its third-consecutive road contest when it faces the Eagles on Tuesday. It will be the 45th all-time meeting between the two programs, as the Huskies hold a 32-9-3 advantage.
UConn has won five of the last six games, all by way of shutout, while Thiam has scored six of his eight goals this season in that stretch. The Husky striker is tied for the conference lead with eight goals and ranks 27th in Division I with 0.67 goals per game.
Redshirt senior goalkeeper Scott Levene is tied for ninth in Division I with seven shutouts, including a four-save performance at USF and a mention on the AAC Honor Roll on Monday.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Boston College (5-8-0, 1-5-0 ACC) is riding a two-game winning streak heading into Tuesday’s matchup, with victories over Harvard and Syracuse. The 2-1 overtime win against the Orangemen was the first conference victory of the season for Boston College, which is led by Simon Enstrom with eight goals and four assists (20 points) this year. The Eagles are 2-1-0 against common opponents with UConn, with victories over Quinnipiac and Providence and a loss to No. 7 Notre Dame.
Friday’s 2-0 win over USF kept the Huskies undefeated on the road this season at 3-0-0. UConn is yet to allow a road goal, and has pitched four straight shutouts against conference opponents - with three of those matches coming on the road. Five of the last six games have resulted in shutout victories for the Huskies.
STILL GOING STRONG
Scott Levene started his 64th consecutive game for the Huskies as goalkeeper against USF on Friday, a streak that dates back to his redshirt freshman season in 2014. Levene passed UConn legend and MLS star Andre Blake (56) earlier this season for the second-longest such streak in program history. Josh Ford (85 starts) remains the all-time leader.
Following the Boston College game, UConn returns home on Saturday night to host UCF in American Athletic Conference action. The match will mark the end of a three-game road trip and kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET), with John Tuite calling the action on 91.7 FM, WHUS.org.
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