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Six Huskies Recognized For Conference Honors

Munir Saleh was honored as an All-Rookie Team Selection
Nov. 9, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The American Athletic Conference announced on Wednesday the men’s soccer regular season awards and All-Conference members.

The Huskies placed four players on the All-Conference teams, two rookies on the All-Rookie team and won the Team Fair Play Award, determined by a points system based on fouls and cards accumulated in conference play.

Sophomore forward Abdou Mbacke Thiam (Dakar, Senegal), co-captains Kwame Awuah (Toronto, Ont.), and Jake Nerwinski (Lawrenceville, N.J.) were honored as First Team All-Conference members.

Thiam leads the Huskies with 10 goals on the year, currently tied for second in The American. Thiam also has logged 24 points, third most in the conference. The Huskies are 8-0-0 when Thiam scores in a game this season.

Awuah and Nerwinski both received first team honors for the second-straight year. The midfielder, Awuah, scored two goals and compiled seven assists, his seven helpers are second best in The American.



Nerwinski contributed two goals and four assists for the Huskies and aided the UConn defense in registering eight shutouts to this point in the season.

Sophomore defender Simen Olafsen, coming off his Defender of the Week honor, was selected for the All-Conference second team. Olafsen scored his second goal of the year against SMU last Saturday and has been instrumental in helping the Huskies post eight clean sheets.

A pair of UConn freshmen made the All-Rookie team, midfielders Munir Saleh (Kitchner, Ont.) and Niko Petridis (Norwalk, Conn.). Saleh has started the past few games and played in all 18 games for the Huskies. He recorded his first career assist against UCF on Oct. 22. Petridis has been a steady presence off the bench, playing in 17 games and chipping in one goal and two assists for UConn.

UConn was also honored with a team award, the Team Fair Play Award. This award is given to the team that accumulates the least amount of points in conference play, committing a foul is one point. Being given a yellow card, is equal to five points and being issued a red card racks up 10 points for your team. The Huskies totaled 108 points.

UConn heads to Tampa, Fla. this weekend for The American Championship at Corbett Soccer Stadium. The Huskies take on Tulsa at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11. The game can be viewed on The American Digital Network.


The 2016 all-conference teams and a complete list of awards are listed below.

2016 American Men's Soccer Awards

Offensive Player of the Year

Matias Pyysalo, UCF


Defensive Player of the Year

Prosper Figbe, USF


Midfielder of the Year

Adam Wilson, Cincinnati


Goalkeeper of the Year

Spasoje Stefanovic, USF


Rookie of the Year

Garrett McLaughlin, SMU


Coaching Staff of the Year



Team Fair Play Award



First Team All-Conference

Matias Pyysalo, M, Jr., UCF

Adam Wilson, M, So., Cincinnati

*Kwame Awuah, M, Sr., UConn

*Abdou Mbacke Thiam, F, So., UConn

Jake Nerwinski, B, Sr., UConn

Nazeem Bartman, F, Sr., USF

Prosper Figbe, B, So., USF

Lindo Mfeka, M, Sr., USF

Spasoje Stefanovic, GK, Sr., USF

*Jorge Gomez Sanchez, F, Sr., Temple

Carlos Moros Gracia, B, Sr., Temple


Second Team All-Conference

Patrick Nielsen, B, Fr., Cincinnati

Simen Olafsen, B, So., UConn

Raul Gonzalez, M, Sr., Memphis

Joonas Jokinen, F, Jr., Temple

Melvin Becket, F, Sr., USF

Jordan Cano, B, Jr., SMU

Mauro Cichero, M, Jr., SMU

Jake McGuire, GK, Sr., Tulsa

Matt Puig, F, Fr., Tulsa

Ray Saari, M, Sr., Tulsa

Zack Stavrou, B, Jr., Tulsa


All-Rookie Team

Brian Jamba, M, UCF

Ryan Melink, M, Cincinnati

Patrick Nielsen, B, Cincinnati

David Sanz, M, Cincinnati

Niko Petridis, M, UConn

Munir Saleh, M, UConn

Jackson Morse, M, Memphis

*Garrett McLaughlin, F, SMU

Albert Moreno, M, Temple

*Alejandro Chavez, B, Tulsa

Matt Puig, F, Tulsa