DALLAS – After falling behind early, the UConn women’s soccer team scored three times in an 18-minute span during the first half to top SMU, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at Westcott Field. The win pushes the Huskies to 9-3-4 on the year and 2-1-3 in American Athletic Conference play, while the Mustangs drop to 6-9-0 (2-3-0 American).
The Huskies received first half goals from Julie Hubbard (Waverly, Pa.), Danielle Gottwik (New Port Richey, Fla.) and Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) to erase their early deficit in the win. It was UConn’s third comeback win this season, also coming from behind to top Navy (Aug. 24) and East Carolina (Sept. 25).
In goal for UConn, Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.) got the start and recorded one save, improving her record on the year to 6-1-2. Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) took over in goal in the second half and made two saves in a shutout frame. Overall, the UConn keepers allowed one goal in 200 minutes during the Huskies’ two-game trip to Texas after a shut out at Houston on Oct. 9.
The Mustangs struck first in the game’s 11th minute, when Kelsey Gorney fired an unassisted goal into the upper right corner for her first tally of the season.
UConn equalized with the first goal of its three-goal flurry coming in the 24th minute. Taking a feed from Gianna Roma (Foxboro, Mass.), Hubbard fired a shot into the lower left corner of the cage, beating SMU keeper Lauryn Bodden for her second goal of the season.
Connecticut took the lead ten minutes later, with Gottwik connecting on her fifth of the year in the 34th minute. The freshman took a low cross from senior Riley Houle (Columbia, Conn.) and roofed a shot past Bodden into the upper right corner.
Hill provided the third goal of the day for the Huskies in the 41st, capping the 18-minute scoring spree. Gottwik started the play by serving in a free kick, and after a deflection the ball found Hill to slot home her 13th goal of the season. The sophomore sensation has now matched her 2013 goal-scoring production in five less games and has 26 goals in 35 career contests.
Neither team would score in the second half, with the Huskies holding a 7-3 edge in shots in the frame. Overall on the day, UConn out-shot SMU 16-6 and had a 10-4 advantage in shots on goal, while corner kicks were even at four apiece.
Up next, the Huskies return home to host their two conference-mates from the Sunshine State, with USF visiting on Oct. 16 and No. 18 UCF heading to Storrs on Oct. 19.
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