CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Two goals from senior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) led the No. 10 UConn women’s soccer team (3-0) past Harvard (0-1) 3-1 on Friday at Jordan Field.
UConn took an early 1-0 lead when senior Maddie Damm (North Kingstown, R.I.) landed her first goal of the season in the top right corner from 25 yards out eight minutes into the match. Redshirt senior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.) took credit for the assist.
Despite the Huskies’ early lead, the Crimson kept the pressure and challenged the UConn defense. The two were even in shots after the first 45 minutes of play, both registering seven.
Hill extended UConn’s lead in the 36th minute after she chipped the ball up over Harvard goalkeeper, Lizzie Durack. She is now fifth in program history in career goals with 48. Junior Danielle Gottwik (New Port Richey, Fla.) earned credit for the assist and the Huskies took a 2-0 lead going into half time.
Coming out of the half, Harvard maintained control of the offense, eventually outshooting UConn 14-10 overall with a lopsided margin of corner kicks 14-1.
The Crimson eventually found the back of the net when Rachel Garcia cut the lead in half in the 66th minute, making it a 2-1 game with 25 minutes left to play. This marked the first goal UConn had given up this season. The Husky defense went a total 245 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal.
The Huskies regained a two-goal lead in the 79th minute after Ribeiro blasted a shot on goal and Hill knocked in the rebound for her second goal of the match. Hill’s second goal, her fourth point of the match, moved her into ninth place in the record book for overall career points.
Senior goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) saw all 90 minutes in net for the Huskies, recording three saves. She now has 10 saves this season for a 0.33 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.
The Huskies will host No. 22 Rutgers Sunday, Aug. 28 at 1 p.m. at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium in a rematch of last year’s third round game of the NCAA tournament.