Aug. 31, 2012
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Connecticut women’s soccer team was shutout on Friday evening by No. 19 North Carolina in the opening contest of the Notre Dame adidas Invitational. The Huskies fell to 2-2-0 on the season, while the Tar Heels earned their first win of the season and improved to 1-1-1.
The two squads have a historic rivalry that dates back to 1981 and includes the Huskies being defeated by UNC four times in the NCAA championship match. The Tar Heels now own a 17-2 all-time mark over UConn.
The first half was a defensive battle with the two squads totaling six shots as UConn outshot UNC 4-2 in the opening 45 minutes. The Tar Heels took a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute when Summer Green scored on a cross from Ranee Premji for North Carolina.
Connecticut threatened the North Carolina defense twice in the final two minutes of the first half but Tar Heel keeper Adelaide Gay denied any goals.
Despite outshooting the Tar Heels 10-8, the Huskies could not walk away with the win as UNC added another goal at 60:31 when Brooke Elby finished off a cross from Summer Green at the top right corner of the box to set the final score at 2-0.
Senior Danielle Schulmann (Saddle River, N.J.) and sophomore Riley Houle (Columbia, Conn.) both took two shots that just missed getting past UNC’s goalies Adelaide Gay and Anna Sieloff. Sieloff (1-1) finished with two saves and was awarded the win, while UConn freshman goalie Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.) fell to 2-2 after allowing two goals and tallying one save.
The Huskies will conclude the Notre Dame adidas Invitational on Sunday at 11 a.m. when they face their second nationally ranked opponent of the weekend in No. 24 Santa Clara.