For the second straight year, the UConn men’s soccer team dropped its final regular season game. On Friday, the Huskies suffered a 2-1 loss to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and head into the American Athletic Conference Tournament with a 10-4-1 record.
The game was a tale of two halves. The Huskies outshot Tulsa 13-6 with plenty of uptempo play in the first, and appeared ready to cruise to a victory. UConn struck first in the 25th minute after a cross from redshirt junior Dayonn Harris bounced around in the box long enough for senior tri-captain Abdou Mbacke Thiam to knock it home.
The second half, however, was a different affair. Tulsa came out flying, outshooting UConn 5-2. They drew even in the 65th minute on a penalty kick and took the lead three minutes later. UConn wasn’t able to muster any other chances, save for a free-kick just outside Tulsa’s box in the 68th minute, but freshman Ibrahima Diop sailed the ball over the goal.
Abdou Mbacke Thiam now has 13 goals on the year, and 44 for his career. He is now fifth all-time in UConn history in goals scored and ninth all-time in points (102).
With the regular season over, UConn heads into the American Athletic Conference tournament. UConn will play Temple on Tuesday, Nov. 6 down at the UCF Soccer Complex in Orlando, Florida. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET. UConn beat Temple 2-1 earlier this year, behind a brace from Mbacke Thiam.