ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A second half goal-scoring spree lead the No. 25 UConn women’s soccer team (3-0-0) to a 4-2 win over Navy (2-2-0) on Sunday. Junior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.) notched the game-winning-goal for the Huskies in the 60th minute. Freshman Kim Urbanek (Lonnerstadt, Germany) scored her first career goal with the Huskies, giving UConn its insurance goal and 4-2 in the 76th minute.
UConn came out firing in the first half with three shots from junior Ribeiro, who totaled eight shots for the entire match.
Hill opened the scoring in the 12th minute when she headed the ball into the goal off a pass from senior Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.), giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead.
Navy tied the game up on the 36th minute mark after Rachel Feldman put a nice shot on goal and UConn goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) made the initial save but couldn’t smother the ball which allowed Natalie Dzhandzhapanyan to tap in the equalizer.
The Huskies kept the offensive pressure throughout the first half of the match, registering 21 shots in the first half, and holding the Midshipmen to only four shots. The score was tied at 1-1 going into halftime.
Two thirds of the scoring came in the second half. The Huskies took a 2-1 lead in the 58th minute after senior Andrea Plucenik (Brooklyn, Conn.) dribbled inside the far box and shot it across to the back of the far post for her first goal of the season.
Two minutes later, Ribeiro brought UConn to a 3-1 lead after she spun past a Navy defender and shot the ball by Navy goalkeeper Dayton Wetherby on the near post in the 60th minute.
Navy freshman Karli Sottung closed the gap to 3-2 in the 64th minute after she notched her first career goal with the Midshipmen, when Eleanor Pratt passed the ball to Sottung off a cornerkick, who one-timed it into the back of the net.
Urbanek extended UConn’s lead to 4-2 in the 76th minute, after a cluster of shots that were saved by Wetherby, Urbanek was able to redirect one of the rebounds in for her first career goal with the Huskies.
UConn outshot Navy 30-10. Wetherby recorded nine saves for the Midshipmen, six in the first half and three in the second. Armstrong recorded four saves for the Huskies, after seeing little action in the first half.
The Huskies will return home to Joseph J. Morrone Stadium on Thursday at 5 p.m. when they take on Syracuse.