NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Three Huskies scored for the UConn women’s soccer team in a 3-1 win at Central Connecticut on Friday night at CCSU Soccer Field. The triumph moves UConn to 3-1-1 on the season, while CCSU drops to 1-3-1.
Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) and Riley Houle (Columbia, Conn.) tallied for the Huskies in the first half, and Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) added an insurance goal in the second half. Houle also added an assist in the win, recording UConn’s first three-point performance of the season.
In goal, Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.) got the start for the Huskies and recorded two saves in the first half. Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) took over at the break and stopped the only shot on goal she saw in the final 45. CCSU’s Nikki Turley played all 90 minutes and made five saves.
Overall, UConn held an 18-11 advantage in shots (8-4 on goal) and a 6-3 edge in corner kicks in the strong all-around performance.
The Huskies wasted no time getting out to an early lead. In the second minute, McGuire gathered a loose ball off a failed clearance near the top of the penalty area. The junior stepped in for a look, then wound up and blasted her second goal of the year past Turley to put UConn up 1-0.
Central responded in the early portion of the first half, equalizing in the 16th minute. Julie Lavoie and Charlie Branch connected on a give-and-go in the box, leading to Lavoie getting a shot past Saucier to tie the contest at 1-1.
UConn picked up its pressure again following the CCSU goal, culminating with a strike in the 26th minute. Houle used some nifty footwork to get deep in the box, keeping the ball alive for a feed to Julie Hubbard (Waverly, Pa.). Hubbard worked the ball back to Houle, who got enough on a shot from an off angle to sneak it past Turley and give the Huskies the lead.
The Huskies had a golden opportunity early in the second half, with Brittany Moreau (Belchertown, Mass.) feeding her sister Breanne Moreau (Belchertown, Mass.) in the 55th minute for a blast in the box that was saved.
Connecticut did cash in for its third goal in the 75th minute. Houle sent a pass to Hill in the left side of the box, who ripped a shot towards net. The try deflected off a CCSU defender who attempted to block it, counting for Hill’s fourth goal in five games this season.
Up next, UConn returns home to begin a five-game homestand when it hosts Stony Brook. The Huskies and Seawolves kick off on Sunday at 3 p.m.