Goal in the final minute gives UConn double overtime win
Published: Friday, September 20, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 01:09
The La Salle Explorers got lost on their maiden voyage through Connecticut on Thursday night as the UConn women’s soccer team capsized the Explorers 1-0, pulling out a nail-biter in double overtime on a game-winning goal from junior Stephanie Ribeiro.
Ribeiro’s goal came 108 minutes and 57 seconds into the game after the nets of UConn and La Salle proved to be impenetrable through two halves and an overtime period. The goal was assisted on by freshmen Rachel Hill as a scramble ensued on the left side of the net allowing Ribeiro to beat the goaltender.
“I feel amazing,” Ribeiro said. “First goal of the season and it was a big win, so it’s a big goal.”
UConn was struggling to finish off opportunities in regulation with 20 shots on goal, but they did put themselves in position to win.
The Huskies would really come out firing in overtime as junior midfielder Riley Houle sent one firing on net within the first minute. Her shot barely missed, careening off the top of the crossbar and off the fist of the goalkeeper.
UConn would once again come close on a beautiful attempt on goal from the foot of sophomore forward Julie Hubbard, as she received a masterful forward pass from Houle. Her shot would hit the post, but Ribeiro would win the game minutes later.
Freshman Emily Armstrong had another strong performance in goal for the Huskies, making five saves and shutting out the opposition and adding another clean sheet to her tremendous freshman campaign.
Armstrong knew that a great goalkeeper is nothing without a solid defense, and was quick to bring up her teammates’ efforts.
“It was pretty easy to stay active in this game the whole time,” Armstrong said. “Because they had multiple opportunities that were taken away by midfielders, defenders, forwards hustling and getting the ball back.
Coach Len Tsantiris was more than happy with his goalkeeper’s performance.
“We knew it would be tough-fought game,” Tsantiris said. “Credit to our defense and Emily in goal, because we kept them at zero.”
Thursday’s win brings UConn’s record to 6-3-0 on the year with a two-match winning streak. The Huskies will be back on the field Sunday at 1 p.m., as UConn takes on the Georgetown Hoyas at Morrone Stadium.