Orlando, Fla. - The UConn women's soccer team lost 3-1 to Memphis in The American Conference Championship first round on Wednesday night. The Huskies finish their season at 7-9-3.
Similar to the Oct. 8 matchup in Memphis, the Tigers took control in the first half with continuous pressure on the UConn defense. The Tigers broke through in the 10th minute on a goal from Mikayla Morton.
The Huskies seemed to gain confidence toward the end of the first half with a few opportunities developing off corner kicks. Alexa Casimiro (Prospect, Conn.) and Liane Keegans headed shots towards goal but both shots were cleared away by the Tigers defense.
UConn kept momentum in at the start of the second half with quality chances to attempt to grab an equalizer. Sabrina Toole (Westport, Conn.) drilled a shot from about 35 yards out that was tipped over the bar by the Memphis keeper.
A few moments later, Yamilee Eveillard (Valley Stream, N.Y.) had a pair of shots that just missed the net. In the 49th minute, Eveillard received a pass from Vivien Beil (Jena, Germany) at the top of the box, turned and just pulled the shot wide.
Two minutes later, Kim Urbanek found a streaking Eveillard inside the box. Eveillard nearly had a step on the Memphis defender but a good defensive play forced Eveillard to miss wide.
The Huskies looked to be on the brink of evening up the score but Memphis seized control with a tally off a corner kick in the 54th minute. Less than a minute later, a tackle inside the Huskies box led to a penalty kick that gave the Tigers a commanding 3-0 lead.
The Huskies got on the scoreboard in the 77th minute on a free kick from Beil, her team-leading sixth of the season. Beil curled a shot from around 30 yards outs that glanced off the hands of the keeper and skimmed into the back of the net.