– The University of Connecticut women’s soccer team, lead by Brittany Tegeler’s two goals downed Pitt at Founder’s Field Friday, 2-1. Tegeler scored a career-high tying two goals on the night for the Huskies pushing them past the Panthers and into a 2-2-2 BIG EAST record.
Pittsburgh (4-10, 1-5 BIG EAST) got off to a quick start when they scored at 9:05 in the first half. On their second corner of the game Jennifer Kritch sent a pass to Liz Carroll who just barely got it by senior goalie Stephanie Labbe (Stony Plain, Alberta).
UConn (4-7-3, 2-2-2 BIG EAST) tied the game up at one a piece 20 minutes later at 29:08. Senior Liz Eng (Chicago, Ill.) got the ball up the field by dribbling around all of the Pittsburgh defenders. Eng then took a shot on goal that was just barely saved by the Pitt goalie Morie Kephart. The deflection by Kephart allowed senior Brittany Tegeler (Baldwin, Md.) to score her second goal of the year, both coming in the last two games.
UConn took the 1-1 tie into halftime. The first half yielded even results for both teams with both UConn and Pitt take four shots each, each goalie also made two saves for the opponents.
The evenness of the game stopped during the second half as UConn controlled the majority of play. The Huskies took 10 shots during the second half, overpowering the Panthers three.
The Huskies went ahead of Pitt during the 52nd minute of play. Tegeler scored her second goal of the game at 51:30. With some help from redshirt freshman Courtney Wilkinson-Maitland (Candiac, Quebec), Tegeler took a shot from the left side blasting the ball into the lower right corner of the game.
Tegeler continued her domination for the Huskies as less than a minute later she took another shot at the goal but the ball just grazed the crossbar and bounced back into play.
After a yellow card right outside of the box during the 75th minute of play, Tegeler had a chance for the hat trick when she took the free kick from about 20 yards out. The ball sailed high though just passing over the crossbar.
But UConn didn’t need any more offense and easily went on to win the game against Pitt.
The Huskies are back in action on ESPNU Sunday, Oct. 12 at 2:00 p.m. The Huskies will be taking on West Virginia in Morgantown.
GOALS BY PERIOD 1st 2nd Total
Pittsburgh 1 0 1
UConn 1 1 2
1. 9:05 Pitt Carroll, Liz (Kritch Jennifer)
2. 29:08 UConn Tegeler, Brittany (Eng, Elizabeth)
3. 51:30 UConn Tegeler, Brittany (Wilkinson-Maitland, Courtney)
SAVES: Connecticut 2, Pittsburgh 5
SHOTS: Connecticut 14, Pittsburgh 7