PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After earning four points in American Athletic Conference play, three UConn men’s soccer players were honored by the league on Monday morning. Freshman centerback Simen Olafsen was selected as the conference Defender of the Week, redshirt-sophomore Scott Levene was tabbed as the Goalkeeper of the Week, and freshman forward Abdou Mbacke Thiam earned Rookie of the Week honors, as announced by the league.
Thiam, who picked up his second-straight and third-overall Rookie of the Week award, tallied a pair of goals in the Huskies’ 2-0 win over Temple on Wednesday afternoon at Ambler Sports Complex before scoring in the final second of regulation to propel UConn to a 1-1 draw against Tulsa on Saturday night at Hurricane Stadium. The freshman leads the team and is tied for fifth in The American with seven total goals and also stands at No. 5 in the league with a 0.47 goals/gm average. His seven scores rank 41st in the nation.
Levene, who has earned a trip to the weekly honor roll on three occasions, picked up his fifth clean sheet of the season against the Owls, making a pair of saves. His 0.80 goals against average in 2015 is good for second among all American Athletic Conference players and 31st in the nation while his five shutouts rank third in The American.
Olafsen earns his second Defender of the Week accolade after picking up the honor on Sept. 7. The freshman has earned a starting assignment in 14 of the Huskies’ 15 matches in 2015 and help the team hold opponents to just 13 total goals.
The Huskies return to the pitch on Tuesday, Oct. 27 when they play host to in-state rival Yale at 7 p.m. at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.