Women's soccer finds offense against Temple
Published: Friday, October 11, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 11, 2013 23:10
UConn (9-6-0, 3-2-0 American) defeated Temple (6-7-1, 1-4-0 American) 3-1 in Storrs on Friday night in one of the Huskies’ strongest offensive performances of the season.
Shots, shots, shots
UConn fired off an unbelievable 34 shots against the Owls on Friday, the second-highest total of the season. The only game with more shots for UConn was the team’s 36-shot performance against Houston two weeks ago.
“You’re not gonna get every shot, you’re not gonna get goals,” Coach Len Tsantiris said. “I think the bottom line is we got what we needed to win the game. And it was a good performance for both halves.”
Senior midfielder and team co-captain Jennifer Skogerboe scored her first goal of the season in Friday night’s game.
“(It’s) definitely a good wake-up to give me some confidence, because you know it’s my senior year and we have a great team.” Skogerboe said. “It’s good to help to make a difference.”
Skogerboe added, however, that scoring on Friday did not change her mindset for approaching every game.
“It’s not just the goal, it’s playing well each game,” Skogerboe said.
Tsantiris said having Skogerboe score “did some good things” for the team against Temple, adding another level to the Huskies’ offense.
“We put her in there as an attacking player, because she’s a good attacking player,” Tsantiris said. “She’s just gotta gain her confidence back.”
Skogerboe scored six goals in total during the 2012 season.
Injuries all around
Tsantiris was pleased with his team’s performance not only because of the convincing nature of the win, but also because it gave him an opportunity to rest some of his injured players.
He said freshman forward Rachel Hill, the team’s leading scorer with 10 goals, redshirt junior forward Julie Hubbard and sophomore defender Gabrielle Charno are among those suffering from minor injuries.
With UConn’s next game not being until Thursday, Tsantiris said the time off would be beneficial for the team as they look to rest and recover.
The quotable Len Tsantiris
“Down there, mentally we (were) on vacation,” Tsantiris said about the two road losses in Florida to Central Florida and South Florida last weekend. “It’s a young team and it cost us. It wasn’t like we played that bad … overall we played well. We should have come out with one win – at least – but we made mental errors.”