UConn Men’s Soccer has now won six consecutive matches after taking care of Cincinnati, 5-0. UConn has outscored opponents 15-2 during the winning streak and now has four straight shutouts. The UConn defense has not allowed a goal in 367 minutes.
The Huskies got goals from Adbou Mbacke Thiam, Sebastian Brems, Simen Olafsen and Kwame Awuah, who scored in his first two goals of the season.
“I thought we were in a good flow, a good rhythm,” head coach Ray Reid said of the offense. “Guys were coming forward, there was some great running in the box.”
Scott Levene saved the only shot that came his way, which was in the 83rd minute from some distance.
“I think we have a good back four,” Reid said. “We had the ball a lot, which was good.”
The first half saw the Huskies got off to a good start and kept their foot on the gas in this one. UConn took 10 shots in the first half, four on target.
UConn’s first serious chance came in the 14th minute. Kwame Awuah sent a cross in from the left side to Andrew Geres, but Geres got too much under the ball and it sailed high and wide.
In the 18th minute, Awuah almost had a goal, but a Cincinnati defender cleared the ball just outside the goal line to preserve the scoreless tie.
The Huskies converted on their next chance. In the 25th minute, Stephane Coly sent the ball in to Mbacke Thiam, who scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season.
The Huskies struck again just eight minutes later. Niko Petridis sent the ball to Brems, who was able to finish to make it a two-goal lead which they would take into the half.
It was more of the same in the second half as Awuah was able to score his first goal of the season in the 52nd minute on assists from Mbacke Thiam and Alex Sanchez to make it 3-0.
In the 59th minute, the Huskies continued the offensive onslaught. On a corner kick from Brems, Olafsen rose above everyone else and headed the ball in for the fourth Husky goal of the night.
They were not done there. In the 66th minute, Awuah found himself alone on the right side. He came down and shot the ball inside the right post for his second of the night to get to the final score of 5-0.
UConn (9-3-0) next takes the field against Yale in a road non-conference match. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.