NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Two second half goals led the No. 24 UConn women’s soccer team (7-1-0) to defeat Central Connecticut (3-2-2) 2-1 on Friday. Senior Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) notched her second goal of the season to tie the game up for the Huskies and junior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.) recorded the game-winner and her fourth this season.
The match remained scoreless throughout the first half. UConn outshot CCSU 11-2 in this first frame of play. Junior Rachel Hill (Rollinsofrd, N.H.) had two big scoring opportunities in the first half, but could not capitalize for the Huskies.
CCSU opened the scoring in the 61st minute after Kristine Kelly nailed a shot off the cross bar and Alysa Christo was there to head the rebound into the back of the net.
Less than two minutes later, in the 63rd minute, UConn tied it up after Ribeiro crossed it to McGuire who headed it past CCSU goalkeeper Nicki Turley. After those two quick goals, there was a lot of back and forward midfield play, with no real chances for either team.
The Huskies took the lead in the 75th minute when Ribeiro netted a goal off a pass from Hill. Ribeiro received the ball at the top of the box, spun around the defender and nailed a left-footed shot past Turley.
UConn outshot CCSU 20-7, registering 10 shots on goal compared to Central Connecticut’s two. Junior goaltender Emily Armstrong played all 90 minutes for the Huskies and recorded one save. Turley racked up eight big saves for the Blue Devils.
The Huskies continue their road stretch on Sunday against Brown at 1 p.m. in Providence, R.I. at Stevenson Field.