Women's soccer falls to 8-6 after two losses in Florida
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 23:10
It was a rough weekend in the American Athletic Conference for the UConn women’s soccer team.
In UConn’s first of two conference road trips, the Huskies came home empty handed, falling to Central Florida 4-1 on Friday and South Florida 3-2 in double overtime on Sunday.
The Huskies (8-6-0, 2-2-0 American) started the weekend coming off back-to-back wins against conference rivals Southern Methodist and Houston, but could not keep the momentum going.
On Friday, UConn made its first stop on the road trip, visiting Orlando to take on Central Florida (10-2-1, 3-0-0 American). The Huskies fought hard early and kept the game scoreless through the first 37 minutes, but in the 38th minute, the Knights broke through and netted their first goal.
UConn regained control through the end of the first half, but it was in the second half the Huskies let the game slip away.
In the 59th minute, the Knights scored the first of three goals they would record in two minutes. Goals in the 60th and 61st minutes put the win solidly in UCF’s column.
However, UConn did not go out in total silence. In the 73rd minute, freshman forward Rachel Hill scored to put the Huskies on the board before the conclusion of the game.
The weekend struggle continued for UConn as the team traveled farther south to play South Florida at home in Tampa on Sunday. This loss came as the Huskies were less than a minute away from earning their first tie of the season.
In the 3rd minute, redshirt junior forward Julie Hubbard struck first to give the Huskies an early 1-0 lead over the Bulls.
The Huskies could not hold the lead for long, though, as USF’s Olivia Chance scored in the 14th minute to tie up the game. Twenty minutes later, USF’s Sharla Passareillo added a second goal to give the Bulls the lead.
UConn was able to tie up the game less than two minutes into the second half as sophomore forward Stephanie Ribeiro scored one on a header from eight yards out, assisted by junior forward Samantha McGuire.
For the next 62 minutes, the score would remain deadlocked through the remainder of the second half and the first overtime. But with just 52 seconds to go in the second and final overtime, USF’s Cristin Granados broke through the Huskies’ defense and netted a shot in the upper right corner from 18 yards out to end the game.
This weekend’s losses were the Huskies’s first two in the American, setting them back in the conference standings. While UCF was projected to finish first in the conference, USF was projected to finished below UConn, making the loss a tough one for the team to overcome.
UConn’s next game will be back on the Huskies’ home turf, where they will face the Temple Owls on Friday at 7 p.m.