STORRS, Conn. - The No. 21 UConn women's soccer team defeated USF Sunday at Morrone Stadium to celebrate senior day. Senior Stephanie Ribeiro (Patucket, R.I.) contributed two goals in the 3-1 victory and fellow senior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) took credit for the third.
The Huskies improve to 5-0-1 in conference play, which brings them to a 13-2-1 overall record. USF records its second loss of the season and second AAC loss and are now 10-2-1 overall with 1-2-1 conference showing.
With Sunday's win, UConn is now solely in first place in the American Athletic Conference standings after SMU dropped its first conference decision against Cincinnati to break the tie.
- Sunday marks the first time UConn has beaten USF since 2011. Despite advancing past USF in penalty kicks during the 2014 American Athletic Conference Tournament, that result is considered a draw. The last time the Huskies recorded a win against the Bulls was on Oct. 7, 2011 down in Tampa, Fla., where UConn came out on top 1-0.
- As of right now, Ribeiro leads the nation in total points (41) and game-winning goals (8). She is also tied for first in total goals (15) and tied for second in total assists (11).
- Hill is now tied for second in the UConn record book for career goals (57). She also definitively claimed the No. 4 spot in the record book for overall career points (131) after her three-point performance against the Bulls. She was previous tied for fourth with associate head coach Margaret (Tietjen) Rodriguez (1995-98) and Kerry Conners (1993-96) 128 points.
- The Huskies extend their unbeaten streak to nine games as they close out their season at home.
- UConn is now first in the American Athletic Conference Standings with a 5-0-1 record. The tie between UConn and SMU was broken after the Mustangs recorded their first conference loss Sunday against Cincinnati.
In a very physical, aggressive game, Ribeiro stole the show after she notched both of UConn's first-half goals. Her first came in the 16th minute, when she tapped one in off a pass from Hill to make it 1-0 UConn.
Exactly 20 minutes later, Ribeiro grabbed her second of the game, 15th of the season, to extend UConn's lead to 2-0. Sophomore Heidi Druehl (Stamford, Conn.), who finished with two assists against the Bulls, passed it up to Ribeiro, who dodged a USF defender and knock it in from the top of the box.
The Huskies outshot the Bulls 14-3 in the first half and took a 2-0 lead into the break.
Hill opened up the scoring in the second half in the 60th minute to give UConn a commanding 3-0 lead. Druehl earned her second assist of the day after she ran the ball up the field and then fed it over to Ribeiro.
Ribeiro then crossed the ball up into the box where Hill was waiting to head it home. That marks Hill's 12th goal of the season.
USF, who outshot UConn 11-2 in the second half, got on the board in the 72 minute when Andrea Hauksdottir scored from the top of the box off a corner kick from Gudrun Sigurdardottir.
The Huskies will play out the rest of their regular season games on the road, with only one match-up this upcoming weekend against Temple on Saturday, Oct. 22.