Aug. 19, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn women's soccer team defeated the University of Vermont Catamounts 4-2 Sunday afternoon at Morrone Stadium. Junior Jennifer Skogerboe scored twice and senior Danielle Schulmann and freshman Samantha McGuire each found the back of the net.
UVM tied the game at 2 in the 69th minute, as Midori Eckenstein fired a shot by UConn goalkeeper Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.) , but the game would not be tied for long. Just nine seconds later, UConn took the lead for good as Danielle Schulmann (Saddle River, N.J.) took the kickoff and passed to Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.), who then did the rest of the work and fired from 12 yards out to beat UVM goalkeeper Ally Ramos for the game-winning goal. This was McGuire's first collegiate goal.
UConn added their fourth goal of the game 26 seconds later to cap off a wild 40-second stretch. Riley Houle (Columbia, Conn.) passed to Schulmann, who then dished to Jennifer Skogerboe (Leesburg, Va.) in the middle of the box, and she scored her second goal of the game to give UConn the 4-2 lead that would hold up the rest of the way.
UVM struck first in the 6th minute as Bre Pletnick took a pass from Alexandra Dezenzo and found the back of the net, but UConn answered in the 32nd minute as Andrea Plucenik (Brooklyn, Conn.) found Skogerboe and Skogerboe did the rest from four yards out to knot the score at one a piece.
"We bounced back. You can very easily start questioning yourself but we answered right away and we overcame everything and that's a good sign right now," said UConn Head Coach Len Tsantiris.
The Huskies took the lead for the first time in the 39th minute as Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtocket, R.I.) crossed to an open Schulmann who scored from 10 yards out to give the Huskies a 2-1 lead at the half.
"The second part of the first half we were the team that we're supposed to be. Unfortunately we should have had the goals, but sometimes you don't get the goals. We took a lot of shots, which is good. We had opportunities and we got the goals. Things are going to happen and it's very early right now but the main ingredient is there," said Tsantiris.
The Huskies outshot UVM 11-1 in the first half, and tallied an incredible 29 total shots for the game. UVM took only three shots, but managed to score on two of them to stay in the game.
The Huskies improved to 1-0-0 and play next on Friday the 24th against Boston College at 7 PM at Morrone Stadium.