Oct. 5, 2012
STORRS, Conn. (October 5, 2012) – The UConn women’s soccer team lost in heartbreaking fashion under the lights on Friday night when South Florida won 1-0 after scoring with five minutes remaining in regulation of the 0-0 contest. The Huskies possessed the ball the majority of the match and concluded the night outshooting the Bulls 21-6. Connecticut falls to 7-6-1 and 3-4 in the conference and USF improves to 7-4-2 (3-2-2 BE).
Nine Huskies took aim at the goal in front of a home crowd of 1,177 and seven registered a shot on goal but were unable to capitalize on the 21 opportunities. South Florida goalie Christiane Endler ended the evening with seven saves and tallied her fourth shutout of the season as she improved to 6-4-2 on the season.
The scoreless opening period had several exciting moments and saw the Huskies outshooting their league foes 12-2. Both squads had their keepers make stellar stops denying the challenger to score.
Five minutes into the contest South Florida handed UConn freshman keeper Jessica Montrose a large challenge in her first collegiate start as she was left alone in the empty backfield with a charging Bull coming directly at her. Montrose dashed towards Demi Stokes and made a spectacular sliding save. The UConn defense did not allow USF to get off another shot in the first half.
Continuing to attack the net freshman Andrea Plucenik had the best Husky scoring opportunity of the first half at the 23 minute mark when she dodged several USF defenders and took a powerful shot that was halted by a diving Christiane Endler.
Montrose (0-1) made another great save with 21 minutes remaining in the scoreless contest when South Florida’s Diana Saenz weaved her way through the Husky backline to take an uncontested shot from six yards out.
The game-winner occurred at 84:25 off of a Bulls corner kick. The ball sailed into the awaiting group of USF players and found the foot of Marsha Harper who tapped the ball to Sarah Miller to knock it past Montrose to put the Bulls up 1-0. It was Miller’s first goal of the season and Harper’s third assist.
UConn’s points leader Danielle Schulmann led the team with six shots, while Devin Prendergast took four and Plucenik, Sam McGuire and Linda Ruutu each took two shots.
Connecticut is back in action on Sunday when they welcomes No. 20/15 Marquette to Morrone Stadium at 1 p.m. The Huskies are 2-5-0 against the Golden Eagles all-time with the last meeting resulting in a 3-0 Marquette victory in 2011.
***UConn fans- please note that Hillside Rd. will be closed from Glenbrook Rd. to Gilbert Rd. from 12:00- 2 p.m. on Sunday due to this weekend’s Homecoming parade.
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