NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Freshman forward Kess Elmore (Liverpool, England) scored the first two goals of her collegiate career as the UConn women’s soccer team posted a 3-0 win over Central Connecticut on Sunday night in the final game of the CCSU Tournament.
The win was the first of the season for UConn as the Huskies are now 1-3-1 while the Blue Devils are 2-3.
UConn took control of the game early when Elmore scored 40 seconds into the contest on a goal that was assisted by junior defenseman Liane Keegans (Ridgefield, Conn.). Keegans chucked a throw-in inside the six and Elmore volleyed it out of the air and into the back of the net.
The score remained 1-0 at halftime and Elmore scored again 9:47 into the second period as junior defenseman Elena Santos (West Hartford, Conn.) picked up the assist. Santos slide a past from the end line to the middle of the box about 10 yards from net. Elmore raced in and drilled her shot home to tally her second goal. Elmore recorded a total of five shots in the game.
The Huskies scored their final goal of the night by senior defensemen Sabrina Toole (Westport, Conn.), who scored off a corner kick with an assist to junior forward Vivien Beil (Jena, Germany). The goal was the first of Toole’s career.
UConn had a 12-9 shot advantage while CCSU had six corner kicks compared to three for the Huskies.
Redshirt freshman Mollie Kerrigan (Fairfield, Conn.) picked up her first career win and first career shutout in goal as she made three saves. Keegans helped preserve the shutout with a great sliding stop on an empty goal. In the 74th minute with Kerrigan out of position the Blue Devils had a prime chance to score but Keegans came out of nowhere to slide and boot away the shot on goal.
UConn returns to action on Thursday when it plays host to Arkansas at 7:00 p.m. at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. Arkansas is currently receiving votes in the national United Soccer Coaches poll and is ranked 11th in the Southeast regional poll. The game against Arkansas was originally scheduled for Friday, Sept. 8.