UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Rachel Hill scored her third goal in as many games in a 3-1 setback for the UConn women’s soccer team at No. 8 Penn State on Friday evening. The loss is UConn’s first of the year and they fall to 2-1-0, while Penn State improves to 3-0-0.
Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) has now scored in each of UConn’s three contests this season, and has 16 goals in 23 career games. Goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) made six saves for the Huskies, as Penn State held a 9-3 edge in shots on goal and a 14-4 advantage in total shots for the match.
The Nittany Lions got on the board three times in the first half, with Mallory Weber getting the scoring started with a deflected cross in the fifth minute. Megan Schafer scored the next two goals, picking up tallies in the 28th and 44th minutes. PSU held a 12-2 edge in the first 45, but Armstrong made five saves in the period to prevent further damage.
The second half was much more evenly contested, with each teams registering two shots and one on goal. Hill ended Penn State’s shutout in the 84th minute, picking up her third goal of the year with a shot past PSU keeper Meghan Kaminski.
UConn returns to action on Monday afternoon when they travel to Syracuse. The Huskies and Orange will square off at 1 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium.