UConn women's soccer open conference play at home against SMU
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 23:09
The UConn women’s soccer team will kick off their American Athletic Conference schedule tonight at Morrone Stadium against Southern Methodist at 7 p.m.
UConn (6-4-0) completed their non-conference schedule last Sunday in a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to No. 10 Georgetown. A goal from freshman forward Rachel Hill tied the game with 13 minutes to go, but the Huskies could not hold on as the Hoyas netted the game-winner with just five and half minutes left on the clock, ending UConn’s upset bid.
“We had triple the shot count (in the second half),” Coach Len Tsantiris said. “But we’ve got to put them in the net. That’s not good enough.”
UConn will begin their American conference schedule with a home game against Southern Methodist (5-3-0), who have won their last two games.
SMU played in-state opponents Texas Christian University and Sam Houston State last week, winning 2-0 and 4-0 respectively. Shelby Redman leads the team with six goals and two assists. In total, SMU have scored 21 goals in eight games while holding opponents to just eight on the season.
“We’ve gotta fight for everything now, because we’ve gotta do well there,” Tsantiris said. “We play very good teams.”
Tsantiris said the team is lacking “decisiveness,” which kept them from performing better in their non-conference schedule. He said he saw a glimpse of what he was looking for in the second half of Sunday’s game when sophomore forward Samantha McGuire made a crucial hustle play that put the ball in Hill’s possession and resulted in the game-tying goal against Georgetown.
The team is optimistic about their prospects in the American, with Hill adding that everyone is confident they will be successful this season.
“We should do well and come out somewhere on top (in the American),” Hill said. “I’m expecting good things.”
The game will begin at 7 p.m. at Morrone Stadium and will be broadcast on WHUS 91.7 FM.