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Six Huskies Earn All-Conference Awards

Thiam earns his second-straight nod to the All-Conference First Team. (PC: Steve Slade)
Nov. 8, 2017


STORRS, Conn. - Six players on the UConn men's soccer team have earned American Athletic Conference awards for their performances in the regular season, as announced by the league on Wednesday morning.

Junior captains Abdou Mbacke Thiam and Jacob Hauser-Ramsey each were selected First Team All-Conference, while redshirt senior Scott Levene and redshirt junior Dylan Greenberg played their way onto the All-Conference Second Team.

Freshmen Josh Burnett and Blaise N'Gague both achieved All-Rookie Team status, leading the way for UConn's talented class of first-year players. The Huskies (8-7-2, 4-3-0 American) had the second-most players selected of any AAC team - tied with No. 13 SMU.

The announcement comes two days prior to the AAC Tournament semifinals at Westcott Field in Dallas, Texas. Third-seeded UConn will play two-seed UCF on Friday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. CT on the American Digital Network.

For the third-straight season, Thiam recorded double-digit goals for the Huskies - leading the team with 10 goals, four assists and 24 points. He has 31 career tallies heading into Friday, with six of his 10 this season coming as game-winners.

It is the second-consecutive nod to the All-Conference First Team for UConn's top scorer. Thiam was named to the First Team as a sophomore, one year after being selected to the All-Conference Second Team and Rookie Team as a freshman in 2015.

Hauser-Ramsey, one of UConn's most solid defenders, earned his first-career selection to an All-Conference Team after helping the Huskies post eight shutouts this season. He was twice named AAC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 9 and 16.

Levene (Stamford, Conn.) continues to be the iron man between the posts for UConn, with his number of consecutive starts now up to 69 - the second-longest streak in program history. He earned four nods as Goalkeeper of the Week throughout the season.

The Husky goalkeeper ranked second in the American in shutouts (8), second in saves (62) and fourth in goals against average (0.95).

Greenberg, who started 16 games for UConn at left back, earned his first All-Conference selection after a solid defensive season. He helped the Huskies hold opponents to 1.00 goals per game, while scoring one of his own on a highlight-reel free kick against UCF on Oct. 21.

Burnett exploded onto the scene for UConn, making 16 starts in 17 appearances - logging a pair of goals and assists for six points in his rookie campaign. The freshman midfielder scored in conference matchups with USF (Oct. 13) and UCF (Oct. 21).

N'Gague, another first-year talent, started in all 17 games for UConn - proving versatile as an attacking and defensive midfielder. He recorded one goal and assist throughout the season, including his penalty kick goal against No. 1/3 Maryland on Oct. 2 at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.

UConn prepares for its AAC semifinals match with the Knights on Friday, as it looks to advance to the AAC championship game on Sunday afternoon (2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT) at Westcott Field. ESPNU will broadcast the title game.

Offensive Player of the Year

Matias Pyysalo, UCF

Defensive Player of the Year

Jordan Cano, SMU

Midfielder of the Year

Mauro Cichero, SMU

Goalkeeper of the Year

Michael Nelson, SMU

Rookie of the Year

Adrian Billhardt, USF

Coaching Staff of the Year

SMU

Team Academic Excellence Award

Memphis

Team Fair Play Award

UCF

First Team All-Conference

Cal Jennings, F, So., UCF

Matias Pyysalo, M/F, UCF *

Yoni Sorokin, M, Fr., UCF

Jacob Hauser-Ramsey, B, Jr., UConn *

Abdou Mbacke Thiam, F, Jr., UConn *

Adrian Billhardt, F, Fr., USF

Ricardo Gomez, M, Sr., USF

Jordan Cano, B, Sr., SMU *

Mauro Cichero, M, Sr., SMU *

Garrett McLaughlin, F, So., SMU *

Michael Nelson, GK, R-Sr., SMU

Divin Fula Luzolo, B, Sr., Temple

Second Team All-Conference

Hattabiou Barry, M, Fr., UCF

Louis Perez, M, Fr., UCF

Andreas Steineger, B, Jr., UCF

David Sanz, M, So., Cincinnati

Dylan Greenberg, B, R-Sr., UConn

Scott Levene, GK, R-Sr., UConn

Ben Roberts, B, So., Memphis

David Zalzman, M, Jr., Memphis

Jared Rice, B/M, Sr., SMU

Alan Camacho Soto, F, Fr., Temple

Thibault Candia, F, So., Temple

Rollie Rocha, M, Sr., Tulsa

All-Rookie Team

Hattabiou Barry, M, UCF

Louis Perez, M, UCF

Yoni Sorokin, M, UCF *

Josh Burnett, M, UConn

Blaise N'Gague, M, UConn *

Adrian Billhardt, F, USF *

Josue Monge, M, USF

Talen Maples, B, SMU

Alan Camacho Soto, F, Temple *

Darri Sigthorsson, B, Temple

Joe Ruiz, M, Tulsa

[*] denotes unanimous selection


 

 

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