STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to USF on Friday afternoon at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The loss moves the Huskies to 9-4-4 on the year and 2-2-3 in American Athletic Conference play, while the Bulls improve to 8-6-1 and 3-3-0 in league action.
USF scored twice in the game’s first half hour, building an early lead it would not relent. Katarina Elliott made seven saves for the Bulls, while Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) combined to turn aside three shots for the Huskies.
The defeat for UConn came despite the Huskies holding a 14-11 edge in shots and a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal. Julie Hubbard (Waverly, Pa.) and Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) led the Connecticut offense with five and four total shots, respectively, each putting a pair on goal.
The Bulls struck for the game’s first goal early, capitalizing in the sixth minute. Sarah Miller started the scoring play with a perfect through-ball in the box, and Olivia Chance gathered it before sending a shot from the far post to the right side past Saucier that gave USF a 1-0 lead.
In the 18th minute, McGuire played a long chip to Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.), who out-raced a pair of USF defenders and fired a shot on goal that Elliott tipped to deflect out of play. South Florida tacked on to its lead in the 30th minute, when Kate Loye tapped in a Leticia Skeete bid on goal to make it 2-0.
The Huskies had a strong chance in the 58th minute, when McGuire gained space for a look near the top of the box, but Elliott dove to save the bid. McGuire nearly found Hubbard for a goal in the 65th minute, but her shot on the doorstep was blocked by the USF defense and cleared out.
UConn generated back-to-back corner kicks before a foul on USF led to a Danielle Gottwik (New Port Richey, Fla.) free kick from about 30 yards out in the 80th minute, leading to a blast saved by Elliott. Hubbard and Hill each took aim in the game’s waning moments, both seeing their shots saved by Elliott to preserve the shutout.
The Huskies conclude their regular season home slate on Sunday, hosting No. 18 UCF for Senior Day at 12 p.m. UConn will honor seniors Gabrielle Charno, Riley Houle, Julie Hubbard, Gianna Roma and Lindsey Watkins prior to the contest.
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