Women's Soccer: UConn falls to Louisville despite Ribeiro’s brace
Published: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 20, 2013 23:10
Stephanie Ribeiro can’t stop scoring.
But despite Ribeiro’s two goals on Sunday, her fourth and fifth in four games, the UConn women’s soccer team walked out of its final game at Morrone Stadium this season on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline against Louisville.
The Cardinals (11-4-1, 7-1-0 American Athletic Conference) now have 21 out of 24 possible points in AAC play in 2013. UConn (10-7, 4-3-0 the American) remains on 12 points, sitting in fifth place in the conference.
The Cardinals took the lead in the 18th minute, when junior Erin Yenney fired a shot from 25 yards away that was placed perfectly to prevent a save from Armstrong.
But Louisville got careless with the ball and it almost cost them in the 31st minute. Sam McGuire stole the ball just outside the box and fired a shot immediately. Her effort beat goalkeeper Paige Brown, but trickled just wide of the left post.
Ribeiro put the two sides back at level pecking five minutes later. Senior captain Jennifer Skogerboe was unable to put her shot on target, but Rachel Hill settled the ball on the touchline and found the Pawtucket, R.I. native wide open for a first-time finish that nestled into the net over Brown, who was stood frozen on her line.
Ten minutes into the second half, Ribeiro found the net again. Rachel Hill won the ball outside the box and was able to pull Brown off her line before making a pass back to the middle for Ribeiro, who fired into the open net.
“She’s a good player,” UConn coach Len Tsantiris said of Ribeiro. “She finishes well.”
UConn nearly doubled its advantage two minutes later, but McGuire’s through ball to Hill took a menacing bounce right in front of the freshman, landing in Brown’s arm.
Louisville equalized against the run of play just before the hour mark when Christine Exeter scored her eighth goal of the season. Exeter got on the end of a long ball and pulled Armstrong off her line, allowing the senior Canadian to tuck the ball calmly into the right corner.
The game went back and forth after that, but with just over six minutes to play, Charlyn Corral, the American’s leading scorer, found the post to be in her favor, beating Armstrong with her shot before it kissed off the woodwork and into the net for her 13th goal of 2013.
UConn now has two games remaining in the regular season, both on the road next weekend at Rutgers Thursday and on Sunday at Memphis. With both UConn and Rutgers competing for a home game in the AAC Tournament, the Huskies will need to overcome their 1-3-0 record in away matches this season.
“We have to win,” Tsantiris said. “We can’t depend on what the other teams do. We’ve got to win.”