STORRS, Conn. - The No. 10 UConn women's soccer team (3-1) fell short of No. 22 Rutgers (3-0-1) in a 2-0 deficit Sunday at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium, snapping a 15-game win-streak at home.
The Huskies had not lost at Morrone Stadium since October of 2014 when they dropped another 2-0 decision to conference rival USF on October 17, 2014.
UConn started off on the offense, propelled by senior Maddie Damm (North Kingstown, R.I.) who produced two shots in the first seven minutes.
Senior goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.), who finished the game with four saves, made a crucial stop in the ninth minute of the game to keep the match tied at zero.
Rutgers got on the board in the 24th minute with a header goal off a corner kick. Less than ten minutes later, the Scarlet Knights went up by two goals with yet another play formed off of a Rutgers' corner.
Coming out of halftime, the Huskies trailed 2-0. Despite the shots being even 9-9 at the half, UConn turned it on and outshot Rutgers 13-0 in the second frame for an overall 22-9 shot differential.
Another close call for the Huskies came in the 54th minute when Rutgers had the ball in the tight to the goal and a cross went trickling down the goal line behind Armstrong, but junior Faith McCarthy (Windsor, Conn.) cleared it out.
Senior Toriana Patterson (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) had two close chances for UConn to get on the board with a header in the 74th minute and another in the 88th minute, but time ran out and the final stood 2-0 in favor of the Scarlet Knights.
The Huskies host back-to-back home games at Morrone Stadium, first on Friday, Sept. 2 at 5:30 p.m. against Pacific and then Sunday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. against CCSU.
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