– The University of Connecticut women's soccer team fell to the No. 1 ranked Fighting Irish of the University of Notre Dame 2-0 Sunday. Notre Dame (16-0-0, 9-0-0 BIG EAST) scored early into the game in the ninth minute and once again in the second half to secure their victory and remain undefeated. UConn (5-8-4, 3-3-3 BIG EAST) played well against the top-ranked team in the nation controlling the ball and taking 11 shots.
Notre Dame scored first during the game in the ninth minute. Kerri Hanks headed the ball in scoring for the 10th straight game garnering a point for the twelfth straight. Hanks' goal was also the 80th of her career tying the school record and putting Notre Dame up 1-0. Hanks goal was assisted by Brittany Bock and Courtney Barg.
UConn put some pressure on the Fighting Irish returning from a television timeout. It looked as though freshman Melissa Busque (St. Bruno, Quebec) had a shot at a goal but the Notre Dame defense shut down the opportunity.
Both teams had control of the ball during the rest of the first half, but Notre Dame's early goal kept them up 1-0 going into halftime.
Hanks broke the all time school record with her second goal of the game during the 71st minute of play on a laser shot to the top left corner of the goal.
After just entering the game, sophomore Cory Bildstein (Stockton, N.J.) took UConn's best shot of the day on a ball that just missed the left side of the goal. On a pass served up from the left side of the field, Bildstein took a shot from the right of the goal that looked as though it was going to in past a diving Kelsey Lysander, but the ball just missed going out of bounds and sending possession back to Notre Dame.
With 15 Notre Dame shots on goal during the game, senior Stephanie Labbe (Stony Plain, Alberta) set a new career high of saves on the day finishing with 13.
The Huskies are back in action next weekend, in their final weekend of regular season play, Friday night against Syracuse at 7:00 p.m.
GOALS BY PERIOD 1st 2nd Total
Notre Dame 1 1 2
Connecticut 0 0 0
1. 8:38 NOTRE DAME Hanks, Kerri (Bock, Brittany and Barg Courtney)
2. 70:14 NOTRE DAME Hanks, Kerri (Bock, Brittany and Mendoza, Rebecca)
SAVES: Connecticut 13, Notre Dame 1
SHOTS: Connecticut 11, Notre Dame 27