DALLAS – The No. 1 seeded UConn women’s soccer team recorded three goals on Tuesday to defeat East Carolina 3-1, and advance to American Athletic Conference semifinals on Thursday. Junior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) tallied two goals for the Huskies, the first of which was good for her 40th career goal. UConn moves to 17-2 overall while East Carolina finishes out its season 8-10-2.
Hill snapped her five-game scoring drought 90 seconds into the quarterfinal match after she picked up the ball off a blocked shot from classmate Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.), dribbled it around East Carolina goalkeeper Saundra Baron and knocked into the wide open net.
East Carolina tied things up in the 18th minute off a corner kick taken by Stephanie Seagrave. Seagrave chose to pass it off to Autumn Berry who shot it directly into the roof of the net right under the crossbar and just over the head of UConn goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.).
Ribeiro put up two nice scoring chances following ECU’s goal, one that was saved by Baron and the other, a quick release that missed just wide of the net. Senior Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) launched a bullet from far outside the box that sailed just over the crossbar.
Junior Maddie Damm (New Kingsford, R.I.) gave the Huskies a 2-1 lead in 39th minute after she launched the ball from 30 yards out, it soared over the head of Baron and found the back of the net, putting UConn on top going into the break. This marked Damm’s second goal and first game-winner of the season.
Hill notched her second goal of the game off a corner kick from freshman Kim Urbanek (Lonnerstadt, Germany) in the 58th minute to give the Huskies a 3-1 lead early in the second half. Urbanek teed the ball up off the corner to junior Toriana Patterson who shot it from the top left corner of the box towards the goal where Hill was waiting in tight to the goal and she redirected Patterson’s shot into the back of the net.
UConn outshot East Carolina 22-5, and 10-1 in shots on goal. Amrstrong and fellow goalkeeper, senior Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.) both saw time in net on Tuesday. Armstrong saw 73 minutes of action while Saucier recorded 17 minutes between the posts. Baron registered seven saves in net for the Pirates.
The Huskies advance to the semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. central time on Westcott Field in Dallas, where they will take on the Cincinnati Bearcats, who defeated Tulsa in their quarterfinal match-up earlier on Tuesday.