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Tough Match With St. John’s Ends In 1-1 Tie For Women’s Soccer
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– On Senior Day, the University of Connecticut women’s soccer team fought a tough fight against St. John’s to secure third place in the BIG EAST American division and a first round bye in the BIG EAST Tournament. The two teams tied 1-1 after two overtime periods putting UConn (6-8-5, 4-3-4 BIG EAST) ahead of St. John’s (8-5-5, 4-4-3) by just one point in their division.

The first half saw a lot of offense by the Huskies for the second game in a row. The ball stayed mainly on the St. John’s side of the field although not many shots were taken, by either team. UConn’s best opportunity in the half came with just about a minute and a half remaining when UConn had three forwards in the St. John’s box with just one defender and a goalie in their way. Freshman Jessica Shufelt (Rochester, N.Y) eventually took the only shot on goal which was saved by the St. John’s goalie Kristin Russell.

Each team only recorded five shots during the first half with St. John’s goalie making three saves and senior Stephanie Labbe (Stony Plain, Alberta) making two.

UConn came out firing in the beginning of the second half. On a cross from redshirt sophomore Ashley O’Brien (Broad Brook, Conn.) across the box, sophomore Cory Bildstein (Stockton, N.J.) headed the ball down in front of senior Brittany Tegeler (Baldwin, Md.) who kicked the ball past the goalie into the lower middle of the net for the 1-0 lead. The goal was Tegeler’s second in as many games.

St. John’s tied up the game 67:16 when Jen Leaverton eluded a UConn defender to go one on one with Labbe. A touch to the outside allowed her to score the game-tying goal.

There was some elbowing back and forth between the two teams as the outcome of this game would decide who would take third place in the BIG EAST. But neither team would be able to score again during regulation sending the game into overtime.

UConn really took control of the offense during the second half as they took 14 shots to St. John’s three.

During the 95th minute of play, UConn had two opportunities to score with Bildstein and sophomore Elise Fugowski (Stockholm, N.J.) each taking a point blank shot at the goal but Russell was there to make the grabs and keep the game tied and force a second overtime.

After 110 minutes of play, neither team was able to score for a second time and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

UConn will be traveling to Georgetown for the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST tournament on Sunday, Nov. 2. Georgetown is the second ranked team in the National division after bypassing Rutgers when the Scarlet Knights lost to Notre Dame on Friday.

GOALS BY PERIOD 1st    2nd    OT     2OT   Total
St. John’s                0     1        0       0     1
Connecticut            0     1        0       0     1

1. 50:45 UConn Tegeler, Brittany (5) (Bildstein, Cory and O’Brien, Ashley)
2. 67:19 St. John’s Leaverton, Jen (Ludemann, C.J.)

SAVES: Connecticut 4, St. John’s 9
SHOTS: Connecticut 25, St. John’s 10