STORRS, Conn. -- A last minute goal from junior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) gave the No. 25 UConn women's soccer team (4-0-0) the 2-1 comeback win over Harvard (1-1-1) Sunday.The Huskies were down 1-0 with five minutes remaining in the match, but goals from Hill and senior Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) gave UConn the win in a dramatic second half comeback.
The first half of the match remained scoreless, with UConn leading 8-4 in shots. Harvard came out dominating in the offensive zone, registering the only two shots in the first twenty minutes of the match. Hill came down on a breakaway in the 11th minute, but couldn't get a shot off because Harvard goaltender Lizzie Durack beat her to the ball.
UConn's first scoring chance came in the 22nd minute, where Hill put the ball on net but it was smothered by Durack. The first of UConn's two best scoring chances came in the 27th minute when Ribeiro nailed one off the crossbar, followed up by a shot on goal from McGuire. Hill almost capitalized for UConn off a header in the 38th minute, but the ball just barely missed the far corner of Harvard's cage.
UConn came out firing in the second half with shots from senior Andrea Plucenik (Brooklyn, Conn.)in the 54th minute, senior Annie Wickett (Frederick, Md.)in the 58th minute and freshman Kim Urbanek (Lonnerstadt, Germany) in the 61st minute. Harvard's goalkeeper was just barely able to get her fingertips on Plucenik's and Wickett's shots to knock them up over the goal. Urbanek's shot trickled inches away from the cage.
Harvard opened the scoring in the 70th minute after Joan Fleischman crossed the ball into the box where Margaret Purce was there to knock it into the top left corner.
As time whittled away, UConn's first look came off a free kick where the ball was brought down by McGuire who buried the equalizer over Durack in the 86th minute.
With the apparent overtime approaching, Hill gave the Huskies the win after she launched the shot just out of reach of Harvard's goalie to take the 2-1 lead with just 36 seconds on the clock, giving UConn the win and extending its winning-streak to five games.
The Huskies will play their last home game before their five-game road stretch on Friday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium, where they will take on Army.
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