UConn men’s soccer rallies late to down URI 4-3 in OT

UConn Huskies

UConn and Rhode Island men’s soccer played a classic in round one of the NCAA tournament on Thursday!

The snowy forecast pushed the start up to 1:00 p.m. at Rentschler Field.

The Rams featured three Connecticut kids, including Branford’s Liam Daley.

Meanwhile, Ray Reid’s Huskies had the talented Abdou Mbacke Thiam.

He got the scoring started, heading home a corner kick to net his 15th of the year. That made it 1-0 Huskies.

The Rams stormed back, scoring the next three goals. Two of those came off corner kicks, and both of those off the head of grad student Tyler Dickson.

With about 15 minutes to play, UConn mounted its comeback.

Freshman Ibrahima Diop had just one goal in the regular season, but he went wild late in this one. Diop scored twice in regulation, tying it at three and forcing overtime.

In OT, Mbacke Thiam sent a perfect ball off the head of Diop to give the Huskies a sudden death win.

4-3 was the final.

Ray Reid’s Huskies now head to Indiana to play the Hoosiers on Sunday in round two.

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