Tsantiris likes Huskies’ progress despite 0-2 start
Published: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Updated: Sunday, August 25, 2013 23:08
The UConn women’s soccer team went up against the No. 2 ranked Stanford Cardinals yesterday and lost a 1-0 decision.
Prior to the 1-0 defeat, UConn came off a 3-2 loss to Wisconsin to open up their 2013 campaign.
“They are a very good team, we learned a few things from Wisconsin where they didn’t fight as hard as I wanted them to fight, but they fought tonight,” said head coach Len Tsantiris.
Being able to keep up with the tempo, answer back and roll with the punches was a huge positive point for the Huskies; trading nearly shot for shot, chance for chance throughout the entire game.
UConn registered eight shots in the first half, while Stanford recorded nine.
The Cardinals scored the first goal of the game at the 35th minute on an out swinging cross from defenseman Siobhan Cox to a header from the box by forward Taylor Uhl. UConn answered quickly with a scoring chance of their own at the 36th minute on a header that breezed the top of the net off a corner kick, but remained down 1-0.
Still down 1-0 in the second half, the Huskies were able to generate two quick scoring chances at the 72nd minute, both shot wide.
UConn was also unable to capitalize on four corner kick opportunities in the game, two in each half.
“The tempo of the game changed; you talk about half time, we had the balls in the areas we wanted the ball but we didn’t connect very well,” Tsantiris said. “A couple of our kids were off, but nevertheless we’re young and we have to find the way around the defenses, but that’s tactical and eventually we will grow as a team and be able to break these teams down.”
UConn also showed impressive goaltending from keeper Emily Armstrong, as she showed her aggressiveness to keep the ball out of the net. Armstrong made five saves on the night, highlighted by a diving save at the top of the box at the 26th minute in the first half on a wide open scoring chance for Stanford.
“It was adrenaline rushing, and I knew from the start this was going to be a battle but I think our team looked very impressive,” said keeper Emily Armstrong. “Towards the end when I was getting all of those shots I owed it to my team to make those saves because they were working their butt off in front of me so I think it was a full team effort and I think we did really well tonight.”
UConn finished the game with seventeen shots while Stanford finished with twelve in the game.
With an 0-2 record to start the season, the Huskies have shown their willingness to bang with their opposition and keep up and endure the physicality required to play ninty plus minutes.
“We have to keep fighting, the technical part we will get slowly, we’re young we only have two seniors, and by September or October I hope that we’re going to win the games that we should win, and you meet those teams in November and it will be a different story,” said Tsantiris.
UConn will travel and face off with another talented team at Boston College this Wednesday, August 28th, in search of its first win this season. The Eagles are 2-0 to start their 2013 campaign.