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STORRS, Conn. – Six seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony on Saturday night when the UConn men’s soccer team takes on American Athletic Conference foe Memphis at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET).
David Abunaw, Cheikh Stephane Coly, Andrew Geres, Alex Kao, Scott Levene and Santiago Muriel will be introduced with family and friends when the Huskies (7-5-2, 4-1-0 American) host Senior Night, beginning at approximately 6:45 p.m. (ET).
First-place UConn, which has three regular-season games remaining, will try to maintain its place in the conference standings when the Tigers come to town. Husky Vision will produce a live stream for paid subscribers and the game can be heard on 91.7 FM, WHUS.org.
The Huskies are coming off an 0-2-0 week after losses to Boston College and UCF, knocking them out of the Soccer America and TopDrawerSoccer.com polls. However, UConn remains in first in the American – tied at the top with SMU (12 points each).
Saturday’s matchup is the second-to-last conference game on the schedule, with only a trip to Dallas remaining. In between the Memphis and SMU matches, UConn hosts Yale on Halloween Night at 7 p.m. (ET).
Junior forward Abdou Mbacke Thiam leads the Huskies with nine goals this season – needing just one more for his third-consecutive season with double-digit tallies. UConn is 4-0-1 in its last five games on Senior Night, dating back to 2012.
UConn and Memphis are tied in the all-time series, 2-2-0, since becoming conference opponents in 2013 with the inception of the American.
Memphis (3-7-4, 1-2-2 American) earned a 1-1 draw against USF, the third-place team in the conference, on Saturday at home. The Tigers only have one conference victory this season against Cincinnati, 3-1, on Sept. 23. Currently with five points in league play, Memphis is fighting for a place in the AAC Tournament with a pair of conference matches to play. Three players have two goals for Memphis, with David Zalzman recording a team-high six points.
TIED AT THE TOP
After the past weekend’s results, UConn is tied with SMU atop the American Athletic Conference standings with 12 points each. Both the Huskies and Mustangs have clinched a spot in the AAC Tournament, with USF (10) and Temple (9) shortly behind. Neither team will be able to clinch the regular season title this weekend, as it will come down to the UConn-SMU showdown on Nov. 4 in Dallas, Texas.
UConn currently leads the NCAA in accumulated attendance this season, with 36,764 fans visiting Morrone Stadium in 10 home games prior to Saturday’s match vs. Memphis. The Huskies rank second in average attendance (3,676) behind just Maryland (3,681), but rank higher than the Terps in percent capacity (72.09%). Two homes games remain for the Huskies.
THANK YOU SENIORS
The Huskies will honor six graduating players - David Abunaw, Cheikh Stephane Coly, Andrew Geres, Alex Kao, Scott Levene and Santiago Muriel - in a pregame ceremony prior to kickoff with Memphis on Saturday. Over the past four years, UConn has won 38 games, including 16 in the American Athletic Conference. This group was a part of the 2014 American Athletic Conference regular season championship team and qualified for the 2015 NCAA Tournament.