Huskies top Dartmouth after winning streak snapped
Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013 23:09
The UConn women’s soccer team rebounded from their loss Friday at Boston University with a 2-0 win against Dartmouth at home on Sunday.
The Huskies (5-3-0) started their offense against Dartmouth (1-3-0) early with a goal from junior forward Julie Hubbard just 1:26 into the game. The shot, taken from 40 yards out, was Hubbard’s first of the season and her first since 2011.
“It’s a feeling I can’t really describe,” Hubbard said. “I’ve been hurt for like two years, and I haven’t scored one for UConn in quite some time. I’m just pumped to be back out there and making an impact.”
Junior forward Riley Houle had two strong shots on goal in the 12th and 33rd minutes, but neither made it through Dartmouth’s goalkeeper, junior Tatiana Saunders. Saunders finished the game with eight saves against the Huskies.
UConn scored again in the 34th minute on a goal from freshman forward Rachel Hill, giving the Huskies a decisive 2-0 lead. UConn finished the half with 10 shots, leaving Dartmouth without a single shot.
“I’m just working hard,” Hill said about her success on offense, “Chase after everything, never give up.”
Sophomore goalkeeper Allison Saucier came in midway through the second half, replacing freshman Emily Armstrong, and notched major saves in the 76th and 86th minutes to keep Dartmouth scoreless.
“Allison has been working really, really hard, and she’s a very good keeper, so she’s got to get some time,” Coach Len Tsantiris said about the substitution, “She did great. She had to make some saves right off the bat.”
The Huskies finished the game with 18 shots to Dartmouth’s 10. Both Armstrong and Saucier had one save apiece in the game.
With the win Sunday, the Huskies earned their fifth clean sheet of the season.
UConn’s next game is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. against LaSalle at Morrone Stadium.