STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – In the final game of the Penn State Invitational, the #11 University of Connecticut women’s soccer team could not capitalize on their opportunities and fell to fourth-ranked Florida State, 3-0.
Florida State (3-0) out shot UConn (1-2) 13 to three in the first half, but senior Stephanie Labbe (Stony Plain, Alberta) managed to save the four shots taken on goal. The UConn offense was organized in the first half, but couldn’t capitalize on their opportunities. Senior Elizabeth Eng (Chicago, Ill.) beat a couple of defenders in the midfield and was fouled at the top of the box. She had the opportunity for a free kick, which was struck well, but ended up right at the goalie. Junior Ashley O’Brien (Broad Brook, Conn.) had many opportunities with the ball out wide, but there was no one open in the box for her to cross it to.
In the second half, however, less than four minutes into the half, at 48:40 Florida State took the lead on a goal by Sanna Talonen. Talonen scored again 15 minutes later at 63:32 giving Florida State a 2-0 lead. Talonen was thoroughly defended in the box on both of her goals but she just managed to get a touch on the ball and send it into the goal. Lauren Switzer sealed the victory with a goal 72:41.
Labbe nearly tied her career high for saves (10) with the nine that she made on the day. Florida State managed 13 shots on goal and 26 shots compared to the five that UConn was able to try.
The Huskies are back in action Friday, Sept. 5 under the lights at 7:00 p.m. against Yale at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium in Storrs.
GOALS BY PERIOD 1st 2nd Total
Florida State 0 3 3
UConn 0 0 0
1. 48:40 FSU Talonen, Sanna (Hunter, Tori)
2. 63:32 FSU Talonen, Sanna (Short, Casey)
3. 72:41 FSU Switzer, Lauren (Price, Jessica)
SAVES: Connecticut 9, Florida State 3
SHOTS: Connecticut 5, Florida State 26