HOUSTON – For the third straight contest, the UConn women’s soccer team drew a league foe after a scoreless tie at Houston’s Carl Lewis Field on Thursday night. The Huskies move to 8-3-4 overall and 1-1-3 in The American Athletic Conference after the result, and the Cougars go to 1-5-5 and 0-3-1 in league action.
The draw marks the first time in its 36-year history that UConn has tied three consecutive contests. The Huskies out-shot the Cougars 18-7 on the match, including a 5-2 advantage in shots on goal. UConn also recorded all four shots during the two overtime periods.
Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) led the UConn attack with seven total shots (three on goal) and Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) added four attempts. Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) split time in goal and each made save, combining to help the Huskies record their fifth shutout of the season. Conversely, Houston’s Jordan Brown made five saves and became only the second keeper this season to keep UConn off the board.
Neither team generated a tremendous offensive chance in the first half, with a total of four shots on goal between the two sides. Hill made a pair of bids on target for the Huskies, and Saucier stopped the lone shot on goal she faced in the frame.
Houston had a golden opportunity in the 58th minute when a foul on UConn awarded the Cougars a free-kick from 25 yards out, but Meghan Brascia’s blast went over the crossbar. The Huskies nearly broke through right before the one-hour mark, when they played a long through-ball to Andrea Plucenik (Brooklyn, Conn.) streaking into the penalty area for a shot that sailed over the bar.
In the 82nd minute the Huskies earned a free kick deep in the Cougar third, but after the swing-in a shot was cleared off the line before Hill headed one over the cage. UConn kept up its pressure through the remainder of regulation, but couldn’t find a goal and the contest went to overtime.
McGuire nearly won it for the Huskies in the 95th minute, taking a feed from Hill before launching a shot that Brown dove to save. In the second overtime UConn generated a pair of early corner kicks, but neither led to a goal and the contest ended without a score.
Up next, UConn concludes its two-game Texas trip when it heads to Dallas to take on fellow conference rival SMU. Game-time between the Huskies and Mustangs is set for 1 p.m.
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