Hill stays hot in debut season
Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013 23:09
The UConn women’s soccer team (5-3) pulled out of this past weekend 1-1 with a 1-0 loss at Boston University (5-2-1) on Friday and a 2-0 win at home at Morrone Stadium against Dartmouth (1-3) on Sunday.
The 1-0 loss to BU ended a four game winning streak for UConn and was the first goal they had allowed since August 25 th.
“We’re the better team than BU,” head coach Len Tsantiris said. “It’s a tough place to play, but they defended their butts off. We let in a goal too early which changed things a little bit, but we pushed that behind us; we learn and move on and take care of the games every time we step on the field.”
The Huskies were able to bounce back quickly against Dartmouth as junior midfielder Julie Hubbard scored her first goal of the season 90 seconds into the game, unassisted, from a snipe just outside the box.
“In the huddle we talked about bouncing back from that loss at BU on Friday night and to go out and at 90 seconds, I just wanted to spark the team and get us going, so I decided why not take the shot,” Hubbard said.
UConn controlled the tempo for the entirety of the game and kept Dartmouth defenders on their heels.
UConn also cleared plenty of balls defensively which opened up opportunities for their speedy offense. The Huskies offense has been clicking and creating plenty of scoring chances for themselves recently.
“Today they moved the ball; we could’ve had more goals, but we got the goals we needed and they didn’t get any; that’s the main thing,” Tsantiris said.
The Huskies were able to put 18 shots on net and spent the majority of the game in their offensive zone thanks to quality play from junior midfielder Riley Houle and freshman forward Rachel Hill.
“She plays like a senior; she’s a good one,” Tsantiris said. “Not only the goals that she scores, but she holds the ball so well and she runs for every ball that we play and makes it look good.”
Rachel Hill broke past defenders at the 35th minute, dribbled right past Dartmouth goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders and put a ball in the wide open net to put the Huskies up 2-0.
“Steph played a great ball through, she looked up and always finds me pretty well and I stayed composed I knew I had to take it left or right around the keeper and finish it off,” Hill said.
UConn has scored 12 goals so far this season, four by Hill and three by Houle.
Dartmouth struggled mightily with UConn’s suffocating defense as they were only able to generate 10 shots, all in the second half.
UConn goalkeeper Emily Armstrong made one save before being taken from the game at the 85 the minute, relieved by Allison Saucier who made a diving save two minutes after making her debut in net.
“Allison has been working very hard and she’s a very good keeper and we wanted to get her some time,” Tsantiris said. “She did great she had to make some saves right off the bat and she did.”
UConn, now 5-3, will face LaSalle next on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Morrone Stadium.