Armstrong makes four saves in second consecutive shutout
Sep 1, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s soccer team blanked Central Connecticut on Sunday afternoon, 3-0, and improved to 2-2-0 on the season, while the Blue Devils fell to 0-2-0. The Huskies and freshman goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) earned their second consecutive shutout behind goals from freshman Rachel Hill (Somersworth, N.H.) and Riley Houle (Columbia, Conn.). Connecticut’s third goal came on an own goal from CCSU’s Jewel Robinson.
The Huskies, who are 11-1 all-time against CCSU, owned the ball the majority of the 90 minutes on Sunday and saw all three of their goals come in the opening half. Connecticut took 32 shots in total with 21 coming in the first half, while the Blue Devils took 14 total shots and four on frame.
The first score of the afternoon came quickly when Hill tapped the ball in from inside the box at 3:41. Two Huskies were credited with an assist, Houle and Faith McCarthy, following a corner kick into the goal box. Hill and Houle lead the squad with five points each. McCarthy notched her first collegiate point with Sunday’s assist.
Houle pushed the Husky lead to 2-0 from the left side about six yards out after dodging a CCSU defender and putting the ball through the legs of Nikola Deiter into the back of the net at 18:49. At 38:14 the Huskies went ahead 3-0 on an own goal by CCSU.
The closing half was a defensive showdown between the two squads with none able to capitalize despite a total of 18 shots. Armstrong improved to 2-2 on the season after recording her second shutout and saving four shots on goal. She was assisted by a strong backline who totaled five blocked shots on the afternoon. Deiter made a stellar 11 saves against the Huskies but allowed three goals to fall to 0-2 on the season.
The Huskies will continue their four-game homestand on Friday when Maine comes to Morrone Stadium on September 6, for a 5 p.m. contest. Following the women’s soccer game the men’s soccer team hosts Northeastern at 7:30 p.m.