Sept. 29, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – Connecticut freshman Rachel Hill scored three goals for the first time in her career, as the Huskies defeated Houston 4-1 on Sunday afternoon at Morrone Stadium. UConn improves to 8-4 overall and 2-0 in the American Athletic Conference, while Houston falls to 1-4-3 on the season and 0-2 in conference play.
UConn tested Houston goalkeeper Cami Koski early, putting eight shots on goal in the first half. The Huskies broke through in the 35th minute when junior midfielder Riley Houle threaded a beautiful through ball to Hill, who fired a shot into the lower right hand corner of the net. Hill has been on a hot streak for the Huskies, recording four goals in the team's last three outings.
The duo connected for another goal in the second half, as Houle once again sent a ball in the box to Hill, who ripped the ball into the right side of the net. Houle now has three assists on the season.
Connecticut’s defense was strong to start off the match, allowing just two shots on goal in the first 45 minutes. The Cougars just missed on a solid opportunity in the 22nd minute when Houston midfielder Lexa Green fired a shot from deep that hit off the crossbar over the hands of UConn goalkeeper Emily Armstrong.
Houston trimmed UConn’s lead to just one goal early in the second half after forward Kelsey Zamora scored from inside the box. The goal was Zamora’s first of the season.
In the 68th minute, Houle pushed the Connecticut lead back to two goals after a Houston foul in the box resulted in a Husky penalty kick. Houle ripped the shot into the left side of the net, scoring her fourth goal of the season to round out a four-point performance.
Hill’s impressive day continued in the 69th
minute, when she scored her team-leading ninth goal of the year from the top of the box, firing a ball over the outstretched hands of Koski to push the UConn lead to three goals. On the game, Connecticut outshot Houston 36-7.
UConn’s defense remained tough in the second period, limiting the Cougars to just two shots in the final 45 minutes. Armstrong earned her eighth victory of the season, making three saves during the match in 77:41 of play before giving way to Allison Saucier for the final 12:19. Koski posted twelve saves and permitted four goals in a full game effort.
The Huskies return to action Friday, October 4th when they go on the road to face Central Florida. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.