August 29, 2016
UConn men blank Mavericks before 5,100
STORRS, Conn. -- Abdou Mbacke Thiam converted a penalty kick midway through the second half as the No. 16 UConn men's team topped Nebraska-Omaha, 2-0, before a 5,100 sellout crowd at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium Sunday night.
The Huskies (2-0-0) improved to 23-5-7 at home since 2013.
UConn senior tri-captain Kwame Awuah earned a penalty kick on a handball call, Thiam scoring his second goal of the season in the 67th minute.
In the 85th minute, freshman Niko Petridis scored his first goal of the season, finishing into the bottom right corner of the net on a six-yarder off assists from. Awuah and junior midfielder Alex Kao.
Redshirt junior Scott Levene earned his secon shutout.
The Huskies outshot the Mavericks (1-1-0), 7-1, in the opening half and 14-4 overall.
In the 13th minute, Petridis took a pass on the right flank and centered for Thiam, who shot after colliding with Joseph Ghitis. In the 25th minute, senior midfielder Sebastian Brems missed wide left from 22 yards. Kao’s 25-yarder missed right in the final minutes of the half.
Connecticut's first chance in the second half came in the 55th minute as Dylan Greenberg’s curling cross was headed wide right by Thiam.