WASHINTON, D.C. — A late second half goal from junior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.) led the UConn women’s soccer team to a 2-1 win over Georgetown at Shaw Field in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. The Huskies are now 2-0 in their 2015 schedule.
The first half of the match remained scoreless. Georgetown was the first to get a shot off in the seventh minute, off a header from graduate student Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, Conn.) that looked like it had potential, but UConn goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) snagged it.
UConn got its first shot off in the eighth minute from Ribeiro, but it went wide of the net. The Huskies best, first-half scoring chance came off a free kick from Ribeiro, who knocked the ball close to the goal line where junior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) almost tucked it in past Georgetown net minder Emma Newins (Glenn Allen, Va.).
In the 32nd minute, junior Maddie Damm (North Kingstown, R.I.) almost capitalized on a wide open net, but missed it wide.
An early second half goal from junior Grace Damaska (Milton, Ga.) opened the scoring and gave the Hoyas a 1-0 lead. Senior Crystal Thomas (Elgin, Ill.) recorded the assist for Georgetown goal in the 52nd minute. Five minutes later, Rachel Hill tied the game up after running the ball in deep to the goal, where Newins came out off her point to knock the ball away, but Hill managed to hold onto it and net her third goal of the season.
Ribeiro’s game winner came in the 71st minute when senior Andrea Plucenik (Brooklyn, Conn.) tore down the left side of the field and crossed to a sprinting Ribeiro, who slid just in time to get a piece of the ball and buried it past Newins into the far side of the net.
Georgetown outshot UConn 18-11, but Hoya goalkeeper, Newins did not record any saves. UConn’s Armstrong tallied six saves.
The Huskies close out their road stretch against Navy on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. in Annapolis, Md. before returning home on Thursday, Sept. 3 where they take on Syracuse at 5 p.m. at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
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