Oct. 6, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Connecticut women’s soccer team surrendered a heartbreaking overtime goal to drop a 3-2 decision against the University of South Florida on Sunday afternoon. With the conference loss the Huskies record slips to 9-6-0 (2-2 in the American) while the Bulls 7-2-3 (2-1 in the American).
The Huskies jumped out to an early 1-0 lead just 2:38 into the match. Julie Hubbard (Waverly, PA) recorded her third goal of the season by lacing a shot into the upper right hand corner of the goal from the middle of the 18-yard box.
USF struck back in the 13th minute to even the score at one apiece. Sharla Passariello chipped a ball ahead to Olivia Chance, who charged down the field on a breakaway and beat UConn goaltender Emily Armstrong for the score. Passariello followed up her assist with a go-ahead goal in the 33rd minute on a strike from close range from the middle of the box. The Huskies were unable to use a corner kick in the 36thminute to erase the difference before the halftime horn, heading into intermission down 2-1.
Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, RI) emerged for the second half with great tenacity on the UConn offense, netting the equalizer just 1:26 into the second frame. The sophomore forward ripped a shot that careened around in the box after being blocked by a USF defender. Teammate Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, NY) gained control and dished the ball to Ribeiro, who headed home her second goal of the season for a 2-2 score. Ribeiro turned up the heat in an attempt to give UConn the lead, rattling off a number of great chances in the subsequent twelve minutes, the best two of which ricocheted off a post and a crossbar. USF goaltender Christiane Endler stood tall to keep Ribeiro from putting the Huskies ahead in the closing minutes of the game.
With a deadlocked score at the end of regulation, the teams required overtime to settle the contest. Ribeiro and Hubbard looked to net the game-winner but saw their shots sail just wide and high of the net. USF recorded the winning goal in the second overtime on a Cristin Granados shot into the upper right part of the goal from the top of the box to give the hosts a 3-2 win.
Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, PA) recorded six saves between the UConn woodwork while Endler produced seven stops on the opposite end. Ribeiro led the Huskies with eleven shots while Hubbard chipped in five of her own. Passariello, who contributed to all three of USF’s goals, recorded ten shots in a four-point effort for the Bulls.
The Huskies will return to Morrone Stadium for three straight home contests against conference opponents. UConn kicks off the first of these games against Temple in American Athletic Conference action on Friday, October 11th at 7pm.