STORRS, Conn. – After a 2-0 win over USF on Saturday night, the UConn men’s soccer team continues to rise up the NCAA RPI – checking in at No. 34 this week – and has regained a presence in the national rankings.
As of Tuesday, the Huskies (7-3-2, 4-0-0 American) are ranked No. 22 in Soccer America, No. 25 on TopDrawerSoccer.com, and receiving votes (four) in the United Soccer Coaches Poll.
UConn has won five of its last six games, while remaining the only undefeated team in American Athletic Conference play. In that stretch, the Huskies are outscoring conference opponents, 6-0, as redshirt senior goalkeeper Scott Levene has pitched five shutouts.
Beginning the season at No. 24 in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll, the Huskies have countered a 1-2-1 record through their first four games by going 6-1-1 in their last eight.
The Huskies are led by junior captain Abdou Mbacke Thiam, who has scored a team-high eight goals – tied for the second most of any player in the American. His game-winner in the 79th minute at Cincinnati on Oct. 7 helped UConn to a 3-0-0 conference record at the time.
In addition to the rankings, UConn has garnered several award recognitions this week, as junior captain Jacob Hauser-Ramsey earned his second-straight American Defensive Player of the Week honor on Monday. Freshman Josh Burnett was named Rookie of the Week after his goal in the fourth minute at USF.
Levene, who has posted a conference-best seven shutouts this season, was selected to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week on Tuesday after his effort against the Bulls on Saturday – a game broadcast on the American Digital Network.
UConn prepares for a midweek non-conference match against Boston College on Tuesday night in Newton, Mass. The game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, a partner with ESPN3, at 6 p.m. (ET).
On Saturday, the Huskies return home for the first time in almost three weeks when UCF visits Joseph J. Morrone Stadium for kickoff at 7 p.m. (ET). Fans are encouraged to reserve their tickets, as less than 150 general admission and 500 reserved tickets remain for the game against the Knights.