Women’s soccer travels to Boston University
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013 23:09
One the back of four consecutive wins and four consecutive clean sheets, the UConn women’s soccer team (4-2-0) will travel to Boston University to play the Terriers (3-2-1) tonight at 7.
“BU is a very good team and is very hard to play on their home field,” assistant head coach Zac Shaw said. “The BU team is built to play well on their relatively small and fast surface so this will be a major challenge for us. We need to be prepared to compete for 90 minutes and continue to be tight defensively and dangerous while attacking.”
The Huskies most recently defeated former conference rival Syracuse, 1-0, at Morrone Stadium this past Sunday.
UConn has tallied six goals in their past four games; with freshman forward Rachel Hill netting three and junior midfielder Riley Houle scoring two.
The Huskies have not allowed a goal since a 2-1 loss to No. 2 Stanford in their second game of the season.
Stout defense has been a major factor for the Huskies so far this season, starting with redshirt freshman Gabriella Cuevas, as she was named American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
“She is a natural leader and organizer in the back and takes a lot of responsibility for keeping things tight for us,” Shaw said. “Her success is a result of her awesome competitive spirit combined with good technique and very high soccer IQ.”
Cuevas suffered a season ending injury last year in the team’s first regular season game.
“It is great to see her doing so well after fighting back from injury,” Shaw said. “She has been a really dependable and it is great to have her back.”
While UConn has kept their opposition out of the net, Boston University has allowed four goals so far this season, two of them coming in their most recent game, a 3-2 win over Akron.
The Terriers have not defeated either ranked team they have played thus far, losing 1-0 to No. 13 Penn State and they played to a scoreless draw with No. 18 South Carolina.
The Huskies will play BU before coming back home to Morrone Stadium to face Dartmouth on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m.