Women's soccer falls to No. 10 Georgetown
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 00:09
The UConn women’s soccer team was minutes away from pushing No. 10 Georgetown to overtime. However, it was not to be as the visiting Hoyas were able to push across an 84th minute winner to defeat the Huskies by a score of 2-1.
Georgetown was able to take the lead midway through the first half, as Daphne Corboz effort gave the highly-ranked Hoyas the lead.
However, a 72nd minute equalizer from freshman Rachel Hill pulled the Huskies back into contention.
Sophomore forward Samantha McGuire let loose on a shot that was stopped by Georgetown keeper Emma Newins, but the freshman sensation Hill was there to clean up the mess.
“We had our opportunities,” said Hill, who scored her fifth goal of her inaugural campaign in Storrs. “It was bound to come sooner or later. We just need to capitalize on every chance we get."
Georgetown, however, found a way to capitalize on an opportunity of their own, as the late-game winner came as senior forward Kaitlin Brenn put Georgetown in the lead for good.
Despite the loss, coach Len Tsantiris was able to put the positives in perspective for his team.
“The kids played well, that’s the thing, that’s why it’s tough,” said Tsantiris. “But we’re young, and there were situations where we could’ve done better. We didn’t come through. That’s the difference – decisiveness, we didn’t have that, especially the first half.”
"We won the ball second half,” added the coach, who is in his 33rd season in charge of the team. “We were in control. I thought for sure we were gonna get another goal."
Coach also praised McGuire, whose assist featured exactly the type of play Tsantiris wants from his team.
“Sam, I think, on the far side, she chased really hard,” said Tsantiris “That was the ‘decisiveness.’ That’s what I’m talking about. But we didn’t have that consistent. It was inconsistent.”
Goal-scorer Hill was disappointed in the outcome, as the Huskies were in it right until the very end.
"It's hard, definitely hard,” said Hill. “A game that we know we could've won, should've won. It was right there. So it's tough. We'll definitely keep looking back on it."
The Huskies will be back in action Thursday night as they take on SMU at Morrone Stadium.