STORRS, Conn. (September 14, 2008) – The University of Connecticut women’s soccer team tried to rally back against Penn State but the defense was too strong as they fell 2-0 Sunday. Penn State scored two goals in the middle of the second half to secure the lead and the victory over UConn.
UConn (2-5) controlled most of the momentum during the first half. The Huskies took 11 shots, five more than Penn State (5-2) was able to. The Huskies had many chances during the first half to score.
Senior Brittany Tegeler (Baldwin, Md.) led UConn in shots taking four in the half. Freshman Karen Gurnon (Tolland, Conn.) looked like she was going to put the Huskies ahead going into halftime with a laser shot taken right outside the box, but at the last second Penn State goalie Alyssa Naeher stuck her hand up saving the potential goal and sending the teams into the locker room with a 0-0 halftime score.
UConn looked like they might have a chance for a goal during the 52nd minute of the game. Sophomore Erin Clark (Somers, Conn.) managed to take a shot on goal drawing out Penn State goalie, Naeher. On the save of shot sophomore Cory Bildstein (Stockton, N.J.) attempted a shot of her own but that was also saved.
Penn State broke the scoreless tie at 57:58 when Katie Schoepfer received a pass that deflected off of a UConn defender. Her shot beat a diving senior goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe (Stony Plain, Alberta) into the bottom left corner of the goal. Less than five minutes later at 61:28, Danielle Toney dribbled around the UConn defenders and beat Labbe to score a goal to the bottom left corner of the goal putting the Nittany Lions up by two with 28 minutes to play.
With the 0-0 tie in the first game of the doubleheader between Brown and first-ranked UCLA, there were 167 scoreless minutes during the double header until Penn State managed a goal at 57:58.
UConn will be back in action Friday, Sept. 19 at 5:00 p.m. against Providence in game one of a women’s soccer/men’s soccer doubleheader. The women’s game will be shown on COX television.
GOALS BY PERIOD 1st 2nd Total
Penn State 0 2 2
UConn 0 0 0
1. 57:58 Penn State Schoepfer, Katie (unassisted)
2. 61:28 Penn State Toney, Danielle (unassisted)
SAVES: Connecticut 7, Penn State 7
SHOTS: Connecticut 18, Penn State 16
Game 1 UCLA vs. Brown
The play was back and forth for most of the first half for Brown and UCLA. UCLA took most of the shots in the first half though, finishing with eight shots to Brown’s four. But neither team could score due to great defense on both sides and the teams entered the locker room at halftime knotted at 0-0.
In the beginning of the first half, McCall Zerboni had a few opportunities to take and early lead but thanks to some great saves by Brown goalie Brenna Hogue, she was unable to capitalize.
The second half was much like the first with a lot of back and forth play. In the 66th minute, Brown had a great opportunity to go head on a corner kick. There was some confusion in front of the goal and Lindsay Cunningham attempted a shot but UCLA goalie Ashley Thompson was able to make the save.UCLA brought their offense at the end of the game taking 13 shots in the final ten minutes of the game alone. Brown’s strong defense and stellar goaltending kept the game tied at 0-0 forcing the game into overtime. Brown was able to fend off the UCLA attack during both overtimes and the game finished tied at zero.