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Thiam Earns Third-Straight American Rookie of the Week Honor

Abdou Mbacke Thiam leads the team with eight goals in 2015.
Nov. 2, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After converting a penalty in the 95th minute to propel the UConn men’s soccer team to a 2-1 win over USF on Saturday night, freshman forward Abdou Mbacke Thiam was selected as the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday. Additionally, redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Scott Levene and freshman centerback Simen Olafsen were placed on the conference’s weekly honor roll.

Thiam has earned three-straight Rookie of the Week awards from The American and is the Huskies’ leading goal-scorer with eight tallies in 2015. The freshman is tied for fifth in the league with eight scores and ranks 79th nationally with 0.79 goals per game. Additionally, he has scored at least one goal in four of the Huskies’ last five matches.

Levene, who earned league Goalkeeper of the Week honors a week ago, was placed on the honor roll after picking up his sixth clean sheet of the season against in-state rival Yale on Oct. 27. His 0.75 goals against average is second best in The American and ranks him 27th in the country.

Olafsen has made an immediate impact in his rookie season, helping the Connecticut defense record six shutouts in 17 matches with the nation’s 22nd-best goals against average (0.22). The squad’s 0.38 shutout percentage is second in the conference and 55th nationally.



With the 2-1 win over USF, UConn earned the third seed in the conference tournament and will host sixth-seeded Temple on Saturday, Nov. 7 in a quarterfinal match. Kickoff at Joseph J. Morrone is set for 7 p.m. A full match preview will be available on later this week.