STORRS, Conn. – On Senior Day in Storrs, senior Julie Hubbard blasted home a 25-yard goal in the 66th minute to lead the UConn women’s soccer team to a 1-0 upset over No. 18 UCF on Sunday afternoon at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The win pushed the Huskies to 10-4-4 on the season (3-2-3 American), while the loss snapped the Knights’ 10-game winning streak and 25-game unbeaten streak in conference play to drop them to 13-2-0 (6-1-0 American) in 2014.
The goal for Hubbard (Waverly, Pa.) was her third of the season and came in a tight contest that was scoreless over its first 65:30 of action. Hubbard was honored before the contest for Senior Day, along with classmates Gabrielle Charno (Seaford, N.Y.), Riley Houle (Columbia, Conn.), Gianna Roma (Foxboro, Mass.) and Lindsey Watkins (Litchfield, Conn.). Each senior got the start for the Huskies, helping to record the sixth shutout of the season. Charno and Roma both cleared UCF shots off the line to record team saves for UConn.
The victory for UConn was its first in three tries against a ranked opponent, and first over a ranked foe since Sept. 2, 2011, a 2-1 win at Wake Forest. It also marks the 31st time in Len Tsantris’ 34-year run in Storrs that the Huskies have recorded double-digit wins.
In goal, Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.) played the first half and recorded five saves, while Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) did not record a save while playing the second half and improving to 4-2-2 on the season. Connie Organ made a career-high seven saves for UCF, with the Huskies out-shooting the Knights 17-14 overall and 8-7 in shots on goal.
The Huskies nearly got on the board in the game’s first moments, when Hubbard chipped a ball into the box to the head of Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) for a bid that was saved. Houle took aim on a free kick just outside the penalty area in the 30th minute, but again Organ was up to the task and the contest went to halftime scoreless.
After a quiet start to the second frame, UConn found the go-ahead goal in the 66th minute. Hubbard started the play with a long ball to Brittany Moreau (Belchertown, Mass.) on the right side, who played it back to Megan Hunsberger (Bethlehem, Pa.). Working on a pair of defenders, Hunsberger slid a pass back to Hubbard about to 25 yards out on the right side, where the senior stepped forward and rocketed a shot into the top left corner of the cage to put the Huskies up 1-0.
Hubbard took aim with a pair of other chances later in the second half, sending in two good looks that went high. The Huskies kept up the pressure to the end, allowing only two shots (none on goal) to UCF in the second half to preserve the lead and seal the upset.
Up next, UConn has a week off before traveling to Temple on Sunday, Oct. 26. Game time from Philadelphia is set for 1 p.m.
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