PHILADELPHIA — Senior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.) lifted the No. 21 UConn women’s soccer team past Temple 1-0 Saturday, scoring her 16th goal of the season on a penalty kick in the 75th minute at the Temple Sports Complex.
Ribeiro scored her 16th goal of the year, which breaks the tie for first in the nation and give Ribeiro the sole position in the No. 1 spot. She leads the nation in total goals (16), total points (43) and game-winning goals (9).
Senior Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) recorded her eighth shutout of the season at Temple, which ties her career-high as she recorded eight solo shutouts last season in 2015. She also assisted in two other shutouts last year.
The Huskies remain undefeated in the all-time series against Temple, 4-0.
UConn extends its unbeaten streak to ten games and its win streak to four games. The Huskies have not recorded a loss since Sept. 8 when they dropped a 3-0 decision on the road to, at the time No. 1, Florida State.
The Huskies outshot the Owls 12-3 in the first half, and 4-3 in shots on target. Ribeiro had two shots in the first 15 minutes, one was saved by Temple goalkeeper, Jordan Nash, and the other hit off the post.
Junior Tanya Altrui (Branford, Conn.) put up back-to-back shots, 14 seconds apart, for UConn in the 22nd minute, one was saved by Nash and the other blocked.
Senior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) was responsible for two out of UConn’s four shots on goal in the first half. She contributed three shots in the first half, four total.
All of Temple’s first half goals were on target, but senior goalkeeper Armstrong came up with all three saves for UConn.
Temple got off back-to-back shots at the start of the second half, but missed either high or wide of the UConn cage.
The Owls received one of their closest chances of the game in the 73rd minute when Gabriella McKeown had a free kick opportunity, but missed wide of the goal.
Ribeiro notched the game-winner in the 75th minute off a penalty kick. That marked her 16th goal and ninth game-winning goal of the season. She now totals 43 points this year, the most of any player in the country.
The Huskies dominated the Owls in overall shots, 25-9, but only held a 7-4 advantage in shots on goal.
UConn will close out its 2016-17 regular season schedule with one final road trip, covering Cincinnati on Thursday, Oct. 27 and East Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 30.
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