STORRS, Conn. - An early goal from junior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.) pushed the No. 24 UConn women’s soccer team (8-1-0) past Brown (2-4-0) on Sunday. This marked Ribeiro’s fifth goal of the season, all five of which have been game-winners.
The Huskies really dominated the play in the first half, maintaining possession for the majority of the minutes. UConn outshot Brown 8-4 in the first frame, registering three shots on goal, whereas Brown only had one on target.
UConn took an early lead in the 11th minute. The play originated when senior Liana Hinds (Hartford, Conn.) ran the ball into the offensive zone and drew two Brown defenders out to her. Hinds passed it off to Ribeiro at the top of the box where she had plenty of time to make the play and bury past Brown goalkeeper, Christine Etzel, into the back right corner of the net.
Brown came out strong in the second half, controlling possession in the opening minutes. UConn didn’t registered its first shot of the second half until the 63rd minute when junior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) put up a shot that was blocked by Brown’s defense.
UConn recorded 12 more shots in the second half for a total of 20 shots the entire match. The Huskies outshot the Bears 20-12, and 6-4 shots on goal. Junior goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) recorded four saves for her third shutout of the 2015 regular season. Brown’s goalkeeper, Etzel, recorded five saves for the bears.
Hill, senior Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) and redshirt senior Megan Hunsberger (Bethlehem, Pa.) registered multiple shots in the second half. Hunsberger put up a nice header in the 75th minute off a UConn corner kick that looked like a second goal for the Huskies but Etzel pulled out the save. Brown’s defense did a solid job of blocking UConn’s shots before they made it to the cage, and then cleared it out. Hill and McGuire’s shots were often blocked or wide.
The Huskies remain on the road for one more weekend. They begin conference play Thursday, Sept. 24 in Tampa, Fla. at 7 p.m. against USF. UConn rounds out their five-game road stretch at UCF on Sept. 27 before returning home for Temple on Oct. 2.
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