Sept. 30, 2012
STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s soccer team fell to 7-5-1 and 3-3 in the BIG EAST after being shutout 4-0 by conference foe Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon. The Huskies put forth a valiant effort at Morrone Stadium but the squad was unable to capitalize on several opportunities as the Fighting Irish improved to 9-3-1 and a perfect 5-0 in league action.
The Huskies, playing in front of the largest crowd in 2012 of 1,485 fans, were excellent in the opening period of Sunday’s contest outshooting the Irish 11-3 with freshman Sam McGuire taking two shots on goal, while both Andrea Plucenik and Stephanie Ribeiro also had close calls at the net.
With a scoreless game in the middle of the first, senior Danielle Schulmann dodged several Notre Dame defenders accepting a cross from Plucenik and chipped the ball just wide as it bounced off the post for another lost scoring opportunity for the Huskies.
Notre Dame’s Lauren Bohaboy gave the Irish a 1-0 advantage at 42:51 when she took a free kick and sent the ball sailing 30 yards past UConn goalie Leigh-Ann Jaggon.
Despite controlling the ball the majority of the opening half, the Huskies entered the second half with a 1-0 deficit. This did not deter the UConn squad who continued to pressure the ball and end the game with a 20-15 shooting edge over the Irish.
Notre Dame, now with six consecutive wins, added three more goals to their total to conclude the game with a 4-0 road victory. They pushed the lead to 2-0 at 56:20 on an unassisted score from Cari Roccaro who scored from six yards out after scrambling with three Husky defenders in front of the goal.
It didn’t take long for the advantage to extend to 3-0 when Crystal Thomas found the back of the net from close range at 60:28 after grabbing a chipped pass by Elizabeth Tucker.
With freshman keeper Jessica Montrose making her collegiate debut in the net, Anna Gilbertson nailed the ball into the goal from the right side of the box for the final goal of the game at 83:30.
Jaggon fell to 3-3 on the season after allowing three goals in her 64 minutes of play, while Montrose registered one save and allowing one goal. Notre Dame goalkeeper Sarah Voigt improved to 5-0 on the season after making six saves and allowing no goals.
The Huskies remain at home next weekend when they welcome BIG EAST opponents USF and No. 19 Marquette to Morrone Stadium. Connecticut will face South Florida on Friday, October 5 at 7 p.m. and Marquette at 1 p.m. on Sunday.