STORRS, Conn. - Rachel Hill scored twice in a 4-0 victory for the UConn women's soccer team over Stony Brook on Sunday afternoon at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The win for the Huskies improves them to 4-1-1 on the season, while the Seawolves fall to 2-4-0.
Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) picked up her fifth and sixth goals of the season with the brace, and now has 19 goals in 26 career games. Andrea Plucenik (Brooklyn, Conn.) added a goal and assisted on Hill's first tally, and Tanya Altrui (Branford, Conn.) capped the scoring with her first career goal.
UConn held a 31-7 advantage in shots overall on the match, dominating possession from the outset. Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) each played a half in goal and combined to make three saves for the Huskies' second clean sheet of the season.
Riley Houle (Columbia, Conn.) had a pair of early chances for the Huskies. In the second minute, she worked her way deep before sending a shot just wide of the far post. In the 18th minute, she made a move on SBU's central defender to gain space before she ripped a shot over the crossbar.
Stony Brook's best chance of the first half came in the 21st minute, when Raven Edwards got deep for a shot that Saucier deflected off the post and out of play. In the 27th minute, Hill found Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) in the penalty area, but McGuire's rip was turned aside by a sprawling SBU keeper.
Hill got the Huskies on the board in the 39th minute. The Huskies earned a throw-in deep in the Stony Brook half to start the scoring play. Plucenik took the throw and sent it to the feet of Hill at the left edge of the SBU box. Hill gathered, turned and curled a shot from 25 yards out, tucked neatly into the top right corner of the cage.
The Huskies opened the second half aggressively, pushing the pace throughout. Hill capitalized on the pressure with her second goal of the match, coming in the 70th minute. McGuire started the play with a chip from about 35 yards out. Hill gathered the ball in the box, then slotted a low shot past the keeper on the near post.
It wasn't five minutes before UConn struck again, with Houle working deep into the box and sending a ground cross to Plucenik in front. The forward coolly one-timed a shot into the left side of the cage, scoring her first goal since 2012.
The Huskies finally capped their scoring in the 85th minute. Julie Hubbard (Waverly, Pa.) had a look deep in the box saved, but Altrui was there waiting for the rebound and pounded home her first career tally.
Up next, UConn continues its five-game homestand when it hosts St. John's on Friday, Sept. 12. Kick-off against the Red Storm is set for 7 p.m.
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