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STORRS, Conn. -- The No. 22/25 UConn men's soccer team returns to Joseph J. Morrone Stadium for the first time in 19 days when American Athletic Conference opponent UCF comes to town for a kickoff at 7 p.m. (ET).
The Huskies (7-4-2, 4-0-0 American) continue to hold sole possession of first place in the American and control their own destiny, with three league games remaining against UCF, Memphis (Oct. 28) and SMU (Nov. 4).
Saturday's game will be broadcast on Husky Vision for paid subscribers, while John Tuite will have the call on 91.7 FM, WHUS.org. UConn is 7-1-1 all-time against the Knights, including a 3-1-1 mark since joining the American in 2013.
UConn returned to the national rankings this week, earning the No. 22 spot in Soccer America and No. 25 in TopDrawerSoccer.com. The Huskies also received votes in the United Soccer Coaches Poll.
Junior captain Abdou Mbacke Thiam scored his 30th career goal in Tuesday's 3-2 double-overtime loss to Boston College. He needs just one more goal for his third-consecutive double-digit goal season (10 in 2015, 11 in 2016) and he moved into 19th all-time in program scoring (66 points).
Freshman Austin DaSilva posted his second tally of the season in the loss to the Eagles, UConn's first defeat on the road (3-1-0). Redshirt senior goalkeeper Scott Levene made six saves in nearly 104 minutes of play.
General admission tickets are sold out for Saturday's game against UCF, but a limited number of reserved tickets remain for fans. Tickets can be purchased HERE.
UCF (3-5-2, 1-2-1 American) sits fifth in the American standings, following a 3-0 win over reigning champion Tulsa in Orlando, Fla. on Sunday. The Knights have not lost in their last three results, with victories over Stetson and Tulsa, while earning a tie against Memphis. UCF started the season with a 1-5-1 record, but has bounced back into conference contention. Matias Pyysalo, the American Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, has scored a team-high eight goals - adding five assists for a total of 21 points.
UConn currently leads the NCAA in accumulated attendance this season, with 31,664 fans visiting Morrone Stadium in nine home games prior to Saturday's match vs. UCF. The Huskies rank second in average attendance (3,518) behind just Maryland (4,043), but rank higher than the Terps in percent capacity (68.98%).
HE STRIKES AGAIN
Thiam netted his ninth goal of the season in the ninth minute against Boston College on Tuesday, tying him for second among all AAC players. Thiam has scored 30 career goals in his time at UConn. He needs five more goals to crack UConn's Top 10 all-time scoring leaders (Daniel Donigan, Thomas Nevers -- 35).
HOLDING DOWN FIRST
UConn is holding down sole possession of first place in the American, following its 2-0 win over USF on Oct. 13 in Tampa, Fla. The Huskies control their own destiny in the conference, as they pursue an AAC regular season title and to serve as host of the American Athletic Conference Tournament on Nov. 10 and 12. UConn is 4-0-0 in league play, while USF and SMU both have one loss.
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