PROVIDENCE, R. I. – Three University of Connecticut men’s soccer players received weekly awards from the American Athletic Conference, as announced by the league on Monday. Sophomore forward Ethan Vanacore-Decker (Manahawkin, N.J.) was tabbed as the Offensive Player of the Week, while redshirt freshman goalkeeper Scott Levene (Stamford, Conn.) earned Goalkeeper of the Week honors and freshman midfielder Cheikh Stephane Coly (Dakar, Senegal) received Rookie of the Week accolades. Senior defender Sergio Campbell (Clarendon, Jamaica) also landed on the conference Honor Roll.
Vanacore-Decker, who finished the regular season second on the team in goals (5) and points (12), tallied the game-winner in Saturday’s 1-0 win over No. 25 USF. With the victory, the Huskies (9-6-2, 6-1-1) captured their 13th-ever conference regular season title. The UConn striker finished the regular season strong, notching goals in three of the final five matches, including the game-winner against UCF (Oct. 18).
Monday’s announcement marked the third time this year that Levene has been named the conference Goalkeeper of the Week. The redshirt freshman leads all qualified American Athletic goalkeepers with a 0.64 goals against average, and he has notched clean sheets in six of his first nine career starts.
Coly provided excellent defense in the midfield for a Connecticut team that finished first in the league in goals conceded (3) in conference play. He has started all 17 of UConn’s matches this season and finished his first year in Storrs with two points and one goal. Campbell once again found himself on the Honor Roll after anchoring a defense that shut out the Bulls, who entered the match first in the league in points and assists per game.
UConn, the top overall seed in the 2014 American Athletic Conference Tournament, returns to action on Saturday when it hosts the No. 8 seed Temple Owls in a quarterfinal match at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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