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UConn Men’s Soccer: Two named to Coaches’ All-East Squad

It might have been a disappointing season, but the Huskies had players honored for their efforts.

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On Dec. 1, the United Soccer Coaches announced their all-region teams and UConn men’s soccer placed two on their lists after an 8-8-2 season.

Junior forward captain Abdou Mbacke Thiam was named to the All-East region Second Team following an impressive season. He scored 10 goals, hitting double digits for the third consecutive year. He scored almost half UConn’s 21 tallies and led the team.

He also paced the Huskies in assists, with four, and in shots (68). He was third in the American Athletic Conference in goals and tied for 37th nationally.

Mbacke Thiam was a player that opposing defenses keyed in on all year, but he was still able to make plays in the offensive third, accounting for two-thirds of UConn’s goals in 2017.

In addition to Mbacke Thiam, fellow junior captain Jacob Hauser-Ramsey, who was an integral part of strong defensive unit for the Huskies, was named to the third team.

UConn had eight clean sheets in 18 matches, giving them a shutout in the 29th-highest percentage of their games in the country.

The team also allowed just 0.96 goals per game, which was third-best in The American and 43rd-best nationally.

At center back, Hauser-Ramsey anchored a unit that kept UConn in games most nights, as they allowed more than one goal five times (0-4-1 in those games) and saw them play nine 1-0 games to a 5-4-0 record.