PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After scoring on Saturday night to aid the Huskies in clinching a spot in The American Conference tournament, UConn centerback Simen Olafsen has been selected as the American Athletic Conference Defender of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday afternoon. Additionally, Husky striker Abdou Mbacke Thiam earned a spot on the conference’s weekly honor roll.
Olafsen scored his second goal of the season in the 23rd minute against SMU when Andrew Geres played a perfect ball through the air that found the Olafsen who headed the ball in to put the Huskies up 1-0. Olafsen helped anchor the defense that limited the Mustangs to one tally in the 110-minute match. The draw secured UConn a spot in The American Conference tournament, the Huskies will play Tulsa in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 11 at 4:30 p.m. Olafsen notches his second Defender of the Week honor of the season, also winning it on Oct. 3.
Abdou Mbacke Thiam was recognized to the conference honor roll after logging five shots in the match on Saturday. Thiam nearly scored his 11th goal of the season in the 56th minute when he created space and had an opening to slip a shot past the SMU keeper. Unfortunately, Thiam was denied by the post and the game remained 1-1.
Connecticut returns to action for The American semifinals on Friday, Nov. 11 at 4:30 p.m. when the Huskies face the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Corbett Soccer Stadium in Tampa. Fla. The match can be viewed on The American Digital Network. Stay tuned on uconnhuskies.com for a match preview later this week.