Reid Pinpoints Five Players Who Are Vital For UConn Soccer To Have Successful Season

When asked to name five returning players who will help determine the fate of the coming season, UConn soccer coach Ray Reid didn’t hesitate.

He mentioned defender Jacob Hauser-Ramsey, forward Abdou Mbacke Thiam, goalie Scott Levene, defender Andrew Geres and defender Dylan Greenberg.

“They’ve got to hold themselves, and everyone else accountable,” Reid said.

It is a new chapter for UConn soccer. After graduating longtime leaders Kwame Awuah and Jake Nerwinski, the Huskies enter training on Aug. 8 facing unique pressure.

UConn missed the NCAA Tournament last year and has never missed back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in the past 20 years under Reid.

“They’ve just got to come in from day one and just put one foot forward at a time,” Reid said. “We started off really well last year and didn’t end well. We need to put a complete season together.”

The Huskies (11-7-1 last year) open the season on Aug. 25 against Iona at Morrone Stadium, kicking off a span of six straight home games.

Last year, Levene and Greenberg didn’t miss a game, and the trio of Hauser-Ramsey, Thiam and Geres combined to start in all but six games. Hauser-Ramsey, Thiam and Greenberg are all juniors. Geres and Levene are seniors.

“If these five guys can have good years, we’re three-quarters of the way home,” Reid said.


In his first season with UConn after transferring from Tyler Junior College in Texas, Hauser-Ramsey became one of the team’s top defenders.

With his size (6 feet 3) and athleticism, he helped solidify the back unit. A year later, Reid has high expectations for his center back.

“He’s got great feet for a big man, he’s very athletic, very loyal, committed guy,” Reid said. “He’s mature and makes the right decisions. … He’s going to need to be a steady rock for this team.”

Hauser-Ramsey played in 18 games last year for UConn and helped the defense to a conference best goals against average of…

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