STORRS, Conn. - Five points from redshirt senior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.) lifted the No. 23 UConn women's soccer team past Fordham 4-1 on Thursday as the Huskies closed out their non-conference slate at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
Two freshmen scored their first career goals to help UConn to an 8-2 record heading into its first conference match-up. Thursday marked the Rams' third loss of the season as they drop to 5-3-1 overall.
UConn opened the scoring in the 13th minute, when senior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) crossed the ball in front to Ribeiro who played it behind her back to freshman Kristen Vinciguerra (Saddle River, N.J.) who was waiting to tap it into the net for her first career goal as a Husky.
Coming out of halftime, the Huskies with a 1-0 lead, Ribeiro extended UConn's lead in the 49th minute after Tanya Altrui laid a beautiful pass into the box and Ribeiro headed it back door past Fordham's keeper.
The Rams got up on the board in the 69th minute when Fordham came down and scored on a fast break, closing the gap 2-1.
UConn grabbed two goals in the last 10 minutes of the game to seal the deal 4-1. Freshman Alexa Casimiro (Prospect, Conn.) celebrated her first career goal in the 82nd minute and Hill scored her sixth goal of the season in the 88th minute.
Ribeiro earned an assist on every goal other than her own to rack up a whopping five points, which ties her personal best which she recorded in the first round of the NCAA tournament last season against Siena. She now solely leads the country in game-winning goals with six, as her early second-half goal against Fordham became the eventual game-winner.
The Huskies open conference play Thursday, Sept. 29 when they host Tulsa at Morrone Stadium.