CINCINNATI – The UConn women’s soccer team was shut out for the first time in 2014 and fell, 3-0, at Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon at Gettler Stadium. The loss drops the Huskies to 8-3-1 on the year and 1-1-0 in The American, while the Bearcats improve to 7-3-2 and 1-1-0 in conference.
Overall on the day, UConn was out-shot 19-13 and only mustered three shots on goal. Cincinnati also gained an 11-4 advantage in corner kicks, scoring once in the first half before adding two more in the second frame. Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.) made four saves for the Huskies and Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) and Julie Hubbard (Waverly, Pa.) recorded three shots apiece.
The Bearcats got on the board early, capitalizing in the 10th minute. After a misplay in the box by the Huskies, UC’s Laura Rose found the ball at her feet for a wide-open look, which she buried to give UC a 1-0 lead.
UConn had a chance in the 50th minute, but a long free kick on target from Hubbard was saved by UC’s Natalie Smith. The Bearcats then capitalized twice in barely over a minute. Christi Howard scored off a rebound in the 56th minute, before Katy Couperus headed home a corner kick in the 57th to put UC up 3-0.
The Huskies tried to up the pressure late, but failed to generate any consistent offensive chances. UConn is now 3-2-2 all-time against Cincinnati, and 0-2 in two contests at Gettler Stadium.
Up next, the Huskies return home for their first American Athletic Conference game Morrone Stadium. UConn and Memphis will square off in Storrs on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.