STORRS, Conn. - The No. 25 UConn women's soccer team (4-0-0) shutout Syracuse (2-3-0) on Thursday, with a late second half goal from junior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.) in the 75th minute. This extends UConn's winning-streak to four matches.
The Huskies and the Orange battled to a scoreless first half with UConn leading by just one shot. Senior Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) came out firing in the eighth minute with back-to-back shots on goal, but Syracuse goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan made both saves.
Syracuse's Eva Gordon answered with two shots on UConn's cage, but junior goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) stopped them both. It appeared Syracuse would take the lead in the 31st minute, after Armstrong got caught out of the net.
The cluster of Syracuse players managed to get off three shots, but UConn's defense got in front of them all. Freshman Heidi Druehl (Stamford, Conn.) made the final save for the Huskies, and cleared the ball out as Armstrong scrambled back into place.
Ribeiro struck in the 75th minute to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead. McGuire sent the ball into the box, which was brought down by junior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.), who passed it back to Ribeiro at the top of the box, who sent the ball on the ground right past Brosnan on her far post. This marked Ribeiro's third goal of the season.
UConn will play its second match of a three-game home stretch against Harvard on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.