STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s soccer team got two goals apiece from Danielle Gottwik and Riley Houle in a 5-0 win over Massachusetts on Sunday afternoon at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The win marks UConn’s fourth straight to move to 6-1-1 on the season, while UMass drops to 2-4-2.
Gottwik (New Port Richey, Fla.) also added an assist for UConn in the victory, and Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) scored a goal and assisted on Gottwik’s second tally. Houle (Columbia, Conn.) scored the final two goals of the contest for Connecticut. With Hill’s goal, the sophomore sensation has nine goals in eight games this year and 22 goals in 28 career games.
The offensive display marks UConn’s first five-goal game since a 5-1 win at St. John’s on Sept. 16, 2012. It is also the Huskies’ first five-goal margin of victory since a 5-0 blanking of Central Connecticut on Sept. 12, 2010. During its current four-game winning streak, UConn has out-scored its opponents by a margin of 16-2.
Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) each played a half in goal for the Huskies and made three saves apiece. UConn held a 15-9 advantage in shots, with an 8-6 edge in shots on goal.
Gottwik got the Huskies on the board in the 37th minute. After a UMass foul above the top edge of the penalty area, UConn earned a free kick from 25 yards out. Gottwik stepped up and rifled a right-footed blast past the Minutewomen wall and into the top right corner of the cage for her second goal of the season.
With UConn leading 1-0 at the break, they pushed the tempo in the second frame with a four-goal period. Gottwik played distributor for the first goal of the half, sending a through ball to Hill in the 55th minute which she finished for her ninth goal of the season.
Hill returned the favor to Gottwik in the 71st minute, lofting a cross to the top of the penalty area. Gottwik gathered and rocketed a shot past UMass keeper Danielle Kriscenski for her third goal of the season.
In the 79th minute, Megan Hunsberger (Bethlehem, Pa.) worked her way deep and sent a ground cross to the front of the goal mouth. Houle rushed forward and slid, getting enough of a touch on a shot to sneak it past Kriscenski and put the Huskies up 4-0.
The final goal of the contest came in the 88th minute, with Houle tallying again. After a long pass from Tanya Altrui (Branford, Conn.), Houle dribbled deep into the penalty area and around Kriscenski before firing a shot into the back of the net for her third goal of the season.
Up next, the Huskies host No. 5 Florida State on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. The contest with the Seminoles will be broadcast on NSCAA.tv.
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