STORRS, Conn. - Five points each from redshirt senior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.) and senior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) catapulted UConn past Memphis 4-1 Sunday at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
The Huskies are now undefeated 2-0 in conference play with a 10-2 overall record as they prepare for a two-game road trip down in Texas. Memphis drops to 7-3-1 overall and are an even 1-1 in AAC games.
Hill, who is now definitively third in the UConn record book with 55 career goals, opened the scoring in the 24th minute after senior Maddie Damm (North Kingstown, R.I.) fed a long pass from the right side into the top of box where Hill wrestled it away from the Tigers' defense and found the back of the net.
Two minutes later, Ribeiro extended UConn's lead when she played the ball off a Memphis defender back to herself and launched it into the open left side of the goal.
Ribeiro, who recorded a career-best six points last match against Tulsa, added her second goal of the game five minutes after her first in the 31st minute with a show-stopper of a goal that hit the cross bar and shot down into the back of the net. She is now tied for first in the nation with 12 goals this season.
Coming out of halftime, the Huskies leading 3-0, Memphis got on the board in the 48th minute off a free kick that snuck past UConn goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.), who finished with four saves against the Tigers.
That Memphis goal made Ribeiro's first goal of the game the game-winning goal and she now reclaims the No. 1 spot in the nation with seven game-winners this season. She was previously tied for first with Savannah McCaskill of South Carolina with six game-winners.
After 38 minutes of scoreless play in the second half following Memphis' goal, Hill tacked on another insurance goal for UConn in the 86th minute to solidify the score, 4-1.
Freshman Regan Schiappa (Bedford, N.H.) tallied her first career point as a Husky after she played the ball up to Ribeiro, who crossed it deep in front to Hill for the goal.
The Huskies hit the road for their first set of conference away games when they take on the Texas opponents, SMU and Houston, beginning with the Mustangs on Thursday, Oct. 6. Check back with uconnhuskies.com and follow us on social media for all the latest updates of the Huskies' road trip.
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