Women’s soccer hands Rutgers first home loss 2-1
Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013 23:10
The Rutgers women’s soccer team (11-4-2, 4-3-1 American) was handed its first loss at home this season when UConn (11-7-0, 5-3-0 American) traveled to Piscataway and left with a pivotal conference win Thursday night.
The Huskies managed to edge out the Scarlet Knights 2-1, finishing the game with 17 shots to Rutgers’ 14. In the epitome of a back-and-forth match, the game could have gone either way in the final minutes.
The Huskies offense came out early as freshman forward Rachel Hill broke her four-game scoreless drought with a goal against Rutgers in 5th minute, giving UConn a 1-0 lead. Hill challenged again in the 25th minute, but a save by Rutgers goalkeeper Jessica Janosz prevented UConn from doubling its lead.
Rutgers exchanged possessions throughout the half with the Huskies, but no team could break through over the next 39 minutes.
With just 30 seconds remaining in the first half, Rutgers found a defensive opening on a corner kick and was able to capitalize as Scarlet Knights’ sophomore Brianne Reid scored her first collegiate goal to even the match at one.
At the half, the Huskies led 9-7 in shots, but could not hold their one-goal edge.
Back-and-forth play with saves by both UConn’s Emily Armstrong and Rutgers’ Janosz characterized the start of the second half. Rutgers sophomore Maggie Morash received a yellow card in the 54th minute after ripping down Hill as Hill tried to receive a deep through ball from sophomore forward Stephanie Ribeiro.
UConn caught a break in the 60th minute as the Scarlet Knights’ redshirt senior Jonelle Filigno knocked one through a diving Armstrong in the Huskies’ net, only to get called offside and have the goal waived.
With the game tied 1-1, someone was bound in score as the ball was driven up and down field by both teams. In the 80th minute, UConn junior Gabrielle Charno was able to do just that when she netted the ball after a corner kick, sealing the win for the Huskies. Interestingly, Charno’s last goal came against Rutgers in the Big East tournament last season.
Thursday’s win gives the Huskies a solid hold on third place in the American Athletic Conference and will likely result in UConn hosting at least one game in the conference tournament.
The Huskies have just one game remaining on their schedule – Memphis. UConn will travel to Memphis for the game, which is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.