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Huskies Defeat UMass, 2-1, in Saturday Exhibition

Allison Saucier

Aug 17, 2013

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STORRS, Conn.  - The University of Connecticut women's soccer team hosted UMass on Saturday evening for the team's only exhibition game of the 2013 season. The Huskies concluded the contest with a 2-1 victory as UConn outshot the Minutewomen  19-8.

Freshman forward Rachel Hill (Somersworth, N.H.) scored Connecticut's first goal of the night when she connected from six yards out after defeating a UMass defender and sending the ball to the top right corner giving the Huskies a 1-0 advantage at 36:15. Hill was assisted by freshman forward Faith McCarthy (Windsor, Conn.).

UConn pushed its lead to 2-0 at 51:56 with redshirt junior Julie Hubbard (Waverly, Pa.) scored on a free kick from 30 yards out.

The Minutewomen responded quickly cutting the UConn lead to 2-1 with a goal by Julia Weithofer  at 57:21 on an assist by Megan Burke.

"We were really looking at the new kids coming in. We've got some players that can help us this season," head coach Len Tsantiris commented. "There were positive moments for the younger kids that got in and I think it was good for them to see live game action. I'm happy with what we saw tonight."

Two UConn goalkeepers saw action in Saturday's exhibition with redshirt freshman Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) and sophomore Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.) splitting the time. Armstrong had two saves and allowed no goals.

The Huskies open the 2013 regular season next weekend with two home games starting with Wisconsin on Friday, August 23 at 7 p.m. UConn welcomes No. 2 Stanford to Morrone Stadium on Sunday, August 25 at 6 p.m.