Women's soccer heads to conference play
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 00:09
The UConn women’s soccer team concluded their non-conference schedule Sunday with a 2-1 loss to No. 10 Georgetown in Storrs.
The Huskies played 10 games against non-conference foes, posting a 6-4-0 record. UConn played two nationally ranked opponents as well as three others that received votes in the national coaches’ poll. The team finished 0-2 against ranked teams and 2-3 against all teams receiving votes.
UConn opened its season against Wisconsin, falling 3-2 in one of three games this season where the Huskies scored more than one goal. Wisconsin’s win propelled them into the top 25 in the national poll.
No. 2 Stanford was next on UConn’s schedule, just two days after the loss to Wisconsin. The Huskies fell 1-0 in a tough loss that left UConn 0-2-0 on the season.
The Huskies then won their next four games against Boston College, Central Connecticut, Maine and Syracuse before losing 1-0 to Boston University. Wins against Dartmouth and La Salle added to the team’s win total before Sunday’s game against Georgetown.
UConn outperformed the Hoyas, in head coach Len Tsantiris’ opinion, but couldn’t capitalize on key opportunities. While a goal from freshman forward Rachel Hill tied the game at one goal apiece, the Huskies could not hold on to the lead. A goal with just five and a half minutes remaining put Georgetown ahead for good, ending UConn’s upset bid.
Tsantiris said the team is lacking “decisiveness,” which kept them from performing better in their non-conference schedule. He said he saw a glimpse of what he was looking for in the second half of Sunday’s game when sophomore forward Samantha McGuire made a crucial hustle play that put the ball in Hill’s possession and resulted in the goal.
“We had triple the shot count (in the second half),” Tsantiris said. “But we’ve got to put them in the net. That’s not good enough.”
UConn will begin their American Athletic Conference schedule Thursday night at 7 p.m. against Southern Methodist at Morrone Stadium.
“We’ve gotta fight for everything now, because we’ve gotta do well there,” Tsantiris said. “We play very good teams.”
Tsantiris said he sees his team doing well in the American if they can find that ever-elusive decisiveness. He said that Sunday’s game shows how a team can play better than another but still come out on the losing end.
UConn finished the game with more than twice as many shots as Georgetown but could not connect with the net.
The team is optimistic about their prospects in the American, with Hill adding that everyone is confident they will be successful this season.
“We should do well and come out somewhere on top (in the American),” Hill said. “I’m expecting good things.”