STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s soccer team scored twice in the first half to top Brown, 2-0, in the non-conference finale on Sunday afternoon at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The win moves UConn to 7-2-1 on the year heading into its American Athletic Conference slate, while Brown drops to 3-3-0. The contest was the conclusion of a five-game homestand for the Huskies that saw them go 4-1-0.
The Huskies used first half tallies from Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) and Julie Hubbard (Waverly, Pa.) to build an early lead, and suffocated Brown defensively to record their fourth shutout of the season. UConn held a 30-10 advantage in shots overall, including 14-2 edge in shots on goal.
Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.) got the start in goal for UConn and did not see a shot on target, improving her record to 5-0-0 on the season. Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) played the second half and made two saves. Brown’s Mallory Yant and Rylee Shumway combined to make 12 saves for the Bears.
The Huskies came out as the aggressor early, nearly capitalizing on a pair of early chances. Hill set up Liana Hinds (Hartford, Conn.) for a chance in the fifth minute, but Hinds’ curling shot sailed over the crossbar. Megan Hunsberger (Bethlehem, Pa.) fed Riley Houle (Columbia, Conn.) with a cross in the box in the 16th minute, but Houle’s shot was saved.
The Huskies got onto the board in the 17th minute. Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) gained space in the attacking third and slid a pass to McGuire at the edge of the penalty area. McGuire stepped up about five yards outside of the left side box and ripped a shot to the far post for her third goal of the year.
UConn struck again in the 34th minute. Andrea Plucenik (Brooklyn, Conn.) set up the scoring play with a long chip into the box, which Hubbard chased down uncontested and slotted past Yant for her first goal of the season.
Brown had its best chance in the 64th minute when Sydney Calas gained space deep in the box, but Armstrong charged forward and tipped away the point-blank range shot. Gianna Roma (Foxborough, Mass.) made a bid for the Huskies in 72nd minute, but her hard shot was corralled by a diving Yant.
Up next, UConn begins its second campaign in the American Athletic Conference with a trip to league newcomer East Carolina on Thursday, Sept. 25. Kick-off in Greenville, N.C. is set for 7 p.m.
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