STORRS, Conn. - A season-high four goals lifted the No. 17 UConn women's soccer team past Stony Brook 4-1 Sunday at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. Redshirt freshman Annika Schmidt (Zionsville, Ind.) scored her first career goal in the 52nd minute, giving the Huskies the single-game season best.
The Huskies improve to 6-2 overall before heading into their final two non-conference games of the season and Stony Brook records its fifth loss of the season and is now 1-5-2. Sunday's victory gave UConn head coach Len Tsantiris 550 career wins, yet another major milestone in his coaching history.
UConn came out aggressive on the offense. Redshirt senior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.) registered a shot on goal 26 seconds into the match, totaling three shots in the first 15 minutes.
Senior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) put UConn on the board first in the 32nd minute. Junior Faith McCarthy (Windsor, Conn.) played a nice ball into the box where Hill spun around and lofted it right in the top of the net. This was Hill's fourth goal of the season.
Less than two minutes later, Ribeiro tacked on another goal for UConn off a pass from sophomore Kim Urbanek (Lonnerstadt, Germany).
The Huskies took a 3-0 lead, scoring three goals in less than 10 minutes, when Ribeiro nabbed her second goal of the game and sixth this season in the 39th minute.
Coming out of halftime with a commanding 3-0 lead, UConn added another insurance goal in the 52nd minute from Schmidt who headed it in off a corner kick from Urbanek, who finished the game with two points (2a).
Stony Brook put one past senior goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Collegevill, Pa.) in the 61st minute and erased the possibility of a shutout. Armstrong finished the game with two saves, which brings her season total to 27 stops.
The Huskies close out their non-conference slate with a road contest against Colgate on Sept. 15 followed by a match-up at home with Fordham on Sept. 22. UConn will play its first conference game on Sept. 29 when the Huskies welcome Tulsa to Morrone Stadium.
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