Aug. 17, 2012
STORRS, Conn. -The University of Connecticut women's soccer game was cancelled mid-game due to severe weather at Morrone Stadium on Friday evening. The Huskies held a 3-2 lead at 32:55 in the second half when the game was delayed, and later cancelled, due to lightening. Seniors Linda Ruutu (Espoo, Finland) and Danielle Schulmann (Saddle River, N.J.) both scored for UConn on Friday night. The game and stats do not officially count and both teams remain at 0-0-0. .
The Husky defense was stellar shutting down the Bruin offense and allowing only four shots with freshman keeper Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.) stopping two attempts. Behind the seniors the offense took ten shots and capitalized on three.
Ruutu notched the first goal of the season 7:54 minutes into the contest finding the back of the net from 20 yards out after UCLA keeper Katelyn Rowland failed to clear the ball.
Schulmann's first goal of the night came from 16 yards out at 29:47 on a pass from freshman Miranda Tarpey (Poughouag, N.Y.) who dodged two UCLA defenders to find her senior teammate and give the Huskies a 2-0 advantage.
It didn't take the Bruins long to fire back as Zakiya Bywaters beat three UConn defenders taking the shot from six yards out at 30:18 to pull back within one. The Huskies struggled to maintain Bywaters who evened the game at 2-2 just 55 seconds into the second half. Bywaters headed the ball past UConn goalie Saucier from the middle of the box following a free kick from the center of the field.
Schulmann, UConn's leading scorer in 2011, responded quickly stealing the ball from a UCLA defender and added her second goal of the evening at 49:36 to give the Huskies back the lead and setting the score at 3-2 before being forced to cancel.
The Huskies will return to Storrs on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. when they welcome Vermont to Morrone Stadium.