STORRS, Conn. – Rachel Hill notched her second-consecutive brace as the UConn women’s soccer team downed St. John’s, 4-1, on Friday night at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The win moved the Huskies, who have out-scored their last three opponents by a margin of 11-2, to 5-1-1 on the year while St. John’s goes to 3-4-0.
Both goals for Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) came in the first half to help the Huskies build a 3-0 halftime lead they would not relent. The sophomore standout now has eight goals in seven games this year, with four in the last two contests. Brittany Moreau (Belchertown, Mass.) and Liana Hinds (Hartford, Conn.) each scored their first career goals and added an assist apiece for a pair of three-point outings.
Overall for the match, UConn out-shot St. John’s 20-6 and held a 12-3 advantage in shots on goal. Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.) started in goal for the Huskies and did not see a shot come her way in the first half. Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) played the second half in net and made two saves.
The Huskies held possession throughout most of the first half, striking for their first goal in the 17th minute. Danielle Gottwik (New Port Richey, Fla.) set up the play when she swung in a corner kick, and Hill headed it past SJU keeper Diana Poulin to give the Huskies the lead.
Hill struck again with a gorgeous goal in the 33rd minute. The forward gathered the ball from 30 yards out with her back to the cage. She then turned and lifted a shot over the head of a diving Poulin for her second strike of the contest and gave UConn a 2-0 lead.
About five minutes later in the 38th minute, Moreau picked up her first career tally to stretch the lead to three. On a counter after an SJU free kick, Hinds worked down the right flank and fed a low cross into Julie Hubbard (Waverly, Pa.). Hubbard tapped a light through-ball to Moreau ahead of her, and the freshman’s first touch was enough to beat Poulin.
St. John’s got on the board in the 48th minute, when Emily Cubbage buried a rebound off a Deanna Murino shot to cut the lead back to two. The Huskies answered ten minutes later, with Hinds taking a pass from Moreau on the right side of the box before she beat Poulin on the far post.
Up next, UConn continues a five-game homestand when it hosts Massachusetts on Sunday afternoon. The Huskies and Minutewomen are schedule to kick off at 1 p.m.