STORRS, Conn. – Rachel Hill scored twice for the UConn women’s soccer team in a 3-2 setback against No. 5 Florida State on Thursday night at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The Huskies drop to 6-2-1 on the year with the defeat, while the Seminoles move to 7-1-0.
The two goals for Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) give her 11 tallies in nine games this year, including seven in her last four games. Brianna Butler (Rock Tavern, N.Y.) and Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) provided the assists for UConn, which was out-shot 14-12 by its top-five opponent.
The Huskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead with Hill’s two goals, but back-to-back strikes from FSU’s Berglin Thovaldsdottir tied the contest before Kristin Grubka netted the eventual game-winner. Carson Pickett notched three assists for Florida State.
UConn took an early lead with a ninth minute strike from Hill. Butler began the play with a long through ball from deep in the midfield, setting up Hill one-on-one with FSU keeper Cassie Miller. From the edge of the box, Hill lofted a chip shot over Miller’s head and into the back of the net.
The Huskies got another from Hill in 33rd minute, when she raced past two FSU defenders to score a sliding goal after a long lob pass from McGuire. UConn’s 2-0 lead was short-lived, with Thorvaldsdottir slotting a goal far post in the 34th minute.
UConn led 2-1 at halftime, but Florida State found an equalizer in the 65th minute. A turnover led to an odd-man rush for the Seminoles, with Pickett sending a pass to Jamia Fields for a cross into the box that Thorvaldsdottir converted for her second of the night.
Florida State found the winner in the 71st minute. A UConn foul right at the edge of the box set up FSU for a 20-yard free kick, which Pickett sent in to the head of Grubka to give FSU a 3-2 lead.
UConn’s best chance at a late equalizer came when Hill gained space in the open field and sent a pass to Andrea Plucenik (Brooklyn, Conn.), but her shot was saved by Miller. Overall on the night, Miller made five saves for FSU while UConn’s Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.) made one and Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) turned aside three shots.
The Huskies conclude a five-game home-stand on Sunday afternoon when they close their non-conference slate with the Brown Bears of the Ivy League. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. at Morrone Stadium.
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