STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s soccer team (6-0) put up three goals to shut out Army (2-5) Friday at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium, extending the team’s winning-streak to six games. Sophomore Tanya Altrui (Branford, Conn.) and senior Liana Hinds (Hartford, Conn.) both scored their first goals of the season in the team’s 3-0 victory.
The Huskies’ first chance came in the fourth minute when Army’s goalie Jordan Cassalia came too far out and junior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) sped by her and tried to cross it to junior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.), but the Army defense cleared it out. Army answered with an offensive break in the 12th minute, but sophomore Sabrina Toole made an impressive slide tackle to knock the ball away.
Hill netted the first goal in the 16th minute after she beat the goalie on a breakaway, took the ball around her and tapped the ball into an empty net. This was Hill’s sixth goal of the season and brought the Huskies to a 1-0 lead going into the half.
Hinds came out firing in the second half with two strong shots on goal, but Cassalia came up with both saves. Hinds finally capitalized in the 80th minute off a pass from freshman Kim Urbanek (Lonnerstadt, Germany), where she then pushed the ball past the defender and shot it into the back of the net on the far post.
Altrui extended the UConn lead in the 84th minute where she knocked the ball in amongst the ruckus in front of the net after a corner kick from Ribeiro.
Junior goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) played the full 90 minutes and made one save for her second shutout of the season. She now totals 25 saves this season with a 0.83 goals against average. Army goalkeeper Jordan Cassalia posted seven saves against UConn.
The Huskies kick off their five-game road stretch on Sunday against the No. 19, undefeated Rutgers at 1 p.m. at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J.