Women's soccer bounces back from road losses
Published: Friday, October 11, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 11, 2013 22:10
The UConn women’s soccer team rebounded from two road losses in Florida last weekend with a decisive 3-1 win over Temple in Storrs on Friday night.
UConn (9-6-0, 3-2-0 American) held Temple (6-7-1, 1-4-0 American) to just four shots in the game, only giving up a free-kick goal to an anemic Owls offense. Temple has only 15 goals in 14 games.
The Huskies started their offensive pressure early, as redshirt junior forward Julie Hubbard and sophomore forward Samantha McGuire exchanged shot opportunities.
In the 20th minute, freshman forward Rachel Hill made a hustle play in the Temple box to keep the ball inbounds, passing it back to Hubbard, whose shot went just wide of the upper right corner.
UConn’s dominance continued through the half, and a chaotic situation in the 31st minute placed the ball nearly into Temple’s net, but none of UConn’s players could kick it over the line.
Finally, in the 40th minute, the stalemate was broken on a shot from Hubbard on a corner kick by sophomore forward Stephanie Ribeiro.
Mere seconds later in the 41st minute, Ribeiro doubled the Huskies’ lead when a pass from junior midfielder Riley Houle resulted in an incredible shot drilled into the near side of the net, giving the Huskies a 2-0 lead at the half.
UConn continued its offensive pressure at the start of the second half. Just 32 seconds in, senior midfielder Jennifer Skogerboe scored her first goal of the season on a pass across the box from Hill to give UConn a 3-0 lead.
The Huskies could not hold onto the clean sheet, however. A penalty committed by sophomore midfielder Liana Hinds turned into a converted penalty kick for Temple’s Erin Lafferty, reducing the Huskies lead to two.
Despite giving up the goal, UConn held onto the 3-1 lead and finished the game with 34 shots to Temple’s four, a performance second only to their four-goal, 36-shot game against Houston.
Coach Len Tsantiris said his team’s offensive performance was the “most havoc” they have created all season.
However, the Huskies still had many opportunities they could not capitalize on.
“We hit the post two or three times, it should have gone, it could have gone in,” Tsantiris said. “The (Temple) keeper played out of her mind today.”
UConn’s next game is set for Thursday night, where the Huskies will face Cincinnati at Morrone Stadium in Storrs.