STORRS, Conn. – The No. 11 UConn women’s soccer team finished off a perfect 9-0 season at home with a 2-1 win against SMU on Sunday. This is only the fifth team in UConn history to go undefeated at home.
The last time UConn went undefeated at home was in 2006, but that team’s record included two ties. UConn has not won every home game of the season since 1994. The 2015 squad is the fourth team in UConn history to win every home game on its schedule.
The win gave the American Athletic Conference Regular Season Champs a record of 16-2 overall and 8-1 in conference play, while SMU dropped to 5-10-3 overall and 2-6-1 in the conference. Senior Brianna Butler (Rock Tavern, N.Y.) scored her first career goal with the Huskies to lift UConn past SMU in its final match of the regular season.
The Huskies extended their lead five minutes later in the 11th minute when Butler knocked in her first career goal and the eventual game winner. Hinds teed up another cornerkick and McGuire got her head on it, but the ball bounced off an SMU defender and Butler buried it home for a 2-0 lead just over ten minutes into the match.
The pitch remained quiet for the remaining of the half. UConn did not allow a shot on goal in the first frame, but put up nine shots on goal against SMU keeper Lissi Lonsberry, who tied her career high seven saves in only the first half.
The first 15 minutes coming out of the break went with only one shot for both teams. Hinds put one on net for UConn, but it was saved by Lonsberry, and SMU’s shot missed wide of the cage.
The Mustangs got on the board in the 62nd minute after Lauren Harrington got a shot off while falling to the ground in tight to the goal and the ball flicked up over UConn’s defense into the top corner of the cage.
SMU had another close chance in the 71st minute, but senior goaltender Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.) made a great play by coming far out of her net and smothered the ball at the feet of the Mustangs’ attacker.
Freshman Kim Urbanek (Lonnerstadt, Germany) answered with a strong shot on net for the Huskies, but the score remained 2-1 as time expired on the clock.
Saucier earned her first start and first win of the season in her senior match, playing all 90 minutes against SMU. Lonsberry recorded a career high 11 saves for the Mustangs in just her second appearance in goal this season.
The Huskies honored the seniors prior to Sunday’s match, and were presented their trophy for the American Athletic Conference Regular Season title after the game. UConn will begin its post season efforts against East Carolina in the American Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. central time at Westcott Field in Dallas.
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