Aug 28, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Rachel Hill scored her first collegiate goal to lift the UConn women’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory at Boston College on Wednesday night for the Huskies’ first win of the 2013 campaign. Connecticut now sits at 1-2-0, while the Eagles fall to 1-2-0 overall.
Boston College, who outshot UConn 13-8, pushed the tempo of the game early as the hosting Eagles got off a quick four shots in the opening five minutes of play with the Husky defense standing strong behind the efforts of freshman keeper Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) who registered two quick saves.
The Huskies were able to gain control of possession in the 14th minute with sophomore Sam McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) getting the first shot off of the night sending the ball just wide. Gabrielle Charno (Seaford, N.Y.) gave UConn its best chance of the first 45 minutes when she took aim from 40 yards out and sent the ball sailing just over the crossbar.
Hill had the game-winner at 51:30 when the freshman forward took the shot from 25 yards out and found the opposite corner of the net. Charno was credited with her first career assist after finding Hill from midfield.
With 20 minutes remaining in regulation, the Eagles challenged the UConn backline on consecutive attempts with senior Devin Prendergast (Babylon, N.Y.) making a stellar stop as she stole the ball from BC’s Hayley Dowd who was charging towards Connecticut’s net.
The Eagles continued to threaten Armstrong in goal when McKenzie Meehan had an open shot from six yards out with 9:40 left to play and Armstrong made the diving save. Armstrong, a transfer from BC, finished the game with four saves and earned her first collegiate win and shutout and is now 1-2-0. Jessica Mickelson is now 1-2-0 on the season after allowing one goal and making three saves.
Connecticut returns to Storrs on Sunday, September 1, when the Huskies welcome intrastate rival Central Connecticut for a 1 p.m. contest. UConn and CCSU have faced each other 11 times with the Huskies dominating the series history owning a 10-1-0 all-time mark.
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