NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - The UConn women's soccer team had a 13-6 shots advantage and led in corner kicks 6-1, but still fell to St. John's on Friday by a 1-0 score in the first day of the Central Connecticut Tournament.
The Huskies fall to 0-3-1 on the season while St. John's is 3-0-1.
The Huskies dominated the scoring chances in the first half, leading shot attempts at halftime, 8-3. Vivien Beil had a great opportunity to put the Huskies ahead in the 24th minute. The junior received a cross from Kess Elmore that Beil just curled wide of frame.
In the 41st minute, Zoe Steck helped force a turnover that created a 1v1 with the St. John's keeper, Steck tried to slip her shot past the goalie but was denied.
After a scoreless first half, St. John's scored the only goal of the game 4:59 into the second half by Christina Bellero with an assist to Lucy Whipp.
UConn had a scoring chance quickly after the Red Storm goal when the Huskies had a corner kick and placed the ball six yards from the goal but a header by freshman Zoe Steck (Nutley, N.J.) went off the hands of the St. John's keeper and over the bar.
The Huskies had a corner kick with three minutes left in the game, but failed to score on that as well.
Freshman Yamilee Eveillard (Valley Stream, N.Y.) and Beil (Jena, Germany) led UConn with three shots each while redshirt freshman Mollie Kerrigan (Fairfield, Conn.) made three saves.
UConn returns to action on Sunday when its plays host Central Connecticut in the second day of the tournament at 6 p.m.
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