Oct. 16, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's soccer team fell in its final regular season home game to BIG EAST foe No. 20/24 West Virginia in a physical battle. The 2-1 loss moves the Huskies to 7-7-2 overall and 4-4-2 in the BIG EAST.
The Huskies, who celebrated their six seniors before the matchup, came up short in Sunday's contest despite senior keeper Jessica Dulski (Pittsford, N.Y.) making five saves on the afternoon, while West Virginia's Sara Keane finished with four stops.
The Mountaineers (13-4-0, 9-1-0) scored their first goal at 17:51 on their first shot of the afternoon to take a 1-0 lead. Forward Frances Silva scored her sixth goal of the season on a cross from Kate Schwindel as she found the back of the net from short range in the middle of the box.
UConn, now 2-3 against ranked opponents, had its opportunities in the first half as they entered the locker room outshooting WVU, 6-4 with three shots on goal. Keane had three of her saves in the first half, including a diving save to stop senior forward Jessica Shufelt's rocket from 18 yards out twenty minutes into the contest.
Returning from halftime down by one, the Huskies quickly attacked the ball as they evened the game at one on a 45:23 goal by freshman mid Riley Houle (Columbia, Conn.) Senior Samantha Kelley began the Husky movement fighting off a Mountaineer defender at mid field as she headed the ball to a waiting Danielle Schulmann (Saddle River, N.J.). Schulmann received the ball at the corner of the box dishing it to an awaiting Houle who was able to capitalize from eight yards.
Houle's goal marks her third of her career, while Kelley tallied her first career assist in front of family and friends who came to celebrate senior day. Schulmann, notching her first assist of the season, leads the squad with 15 points.
The game remained even until 54:20 when Blake Miller headed the ball by Dulski from inside the box for the game-winning goal. Schwindle notched two assists on the game as she assisted in Miller's goal taking the corner kick from the right side of the field placing it perfectly for Miller's header.
The Mountaineers outshot the Huskies 14-8 on the day and also took 12 corner kicks as the Huskies only took one.
UConn pressured West Virginia's defense late in the second as they had a couple threatening crosses in the final minutes of regulation, but Keane had two key interceptions to stop the Huskies.
The Huskies will conclude the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. when they travel to Providence to take on their BIG EAST rival.