NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — The No. 20 UConn women’s soccer (6-1-0) team’s winning-streak was shattered by a 2-0 loss against No. 19 Rutgers (7-0-0) on Sunday. Despite outshooting the Scarlet Knights 18-13, the Huskies could not penetrate the Rutgers defense or produce promising scoring opportunities against Rutgers goalkeeper Casey Murphy.
Thirty seconds into the match junior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) put up a shot on goal, followed up by another shot from sophomore Toriana Patterson (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) off a corner kick from junior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.).
Rutgers took an early lead when Erica Skroski headed one past junior goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) off a corner kick by Samantha Valiant. UConn answered with shot attempts from senior Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) and freshman Kim Urbanek (Lonnerstadt, Germany) in addition to Hill and Ribeiro, but could not capitalize, and Rutgers kept its 1-0 lead going into half time.
Junior Maddie Damm (North Kingstown, R.I.) entered the match in the second half for the Huskies and put up two shots that were either high of the cage or blocked. Ribeiro and Urbanek found a similar fate. Ribeiro recorded three shots in the second half and Urbanek had two, which were all wide, high or blocked by the Rutgers defense.
The Scarlet Knights extended their lead in the 69th minute where wide-opened Colby Ciarrocca knocked one past Armstrong off a pass from Jenna Seddon. This marked Ciarrocca’s second goal of the season.
UConn registered six total shots on goal compared to Rutgers’ five. Armstrong came up three big saves for the Huskies and now totals 27 saves this season.
The Huskies remain on the road for their next four matches. Up next, they take on Central Connecticut on Friday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in New Britain, Conn. at the CCSU Soccer Field. After that UConn faces Brown before taking on conference opponents, USF and UCF.
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