HOUSTON – A second-half goal from freshman Erin Spillane (River Vale, N.J.), the first of her collegiate career, lifted UConn past Houston, 1-0, Sunday at the Carl Lewis Complex. The Huskies are now 11-2-1 overall with a 3-0-1 conference record.
The match remained scoreless through the first 45 minutes of play. Senior Maddie Damm (North Kingstown, R.I.) registered five shots within a six minute span to kick start the offense in the first half. She finished with six total shots against the Cougars.
The Huskies, who did not allow Houston one shot in the first half, outshot the Cougars 20-3 overall and 12-0 in the first frame. Senior goalkeeper Emily Armstrong made one save to record her fifth shutout of the season.
Houston got two of its three shots off right at the start of the second period, one hit off the crossbar and the other blocked. Sophomore Liane Keegans (Ridgefield, Conn.) answered with a shot on goal of her own, followed by another from Damm.
UConn took the lead that eventually seized the victory in the 74th minute when Spillane notched her first career goal to win the game 1-0. Fellow freshman Regan Schiappa picked up the assist, her second helper of the season.
The Huskies are back at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium to host UCF on Thursday, Oct. 13 and USF on Sunday Oct. 16 for Senior Day.