STORRS, Conn. - The No. 13 UConn women's soccer team advanced past UAlbany 4-2 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The Huskies, who improve to 19-2-1 overall, move on to the second round where they will face Auburn on Friday, Nov. 18 down in Gainesville, Fla.
UConn is now 17-6-1 in NCAA First Round matches. The Huskies have hosted 16 of 24 first round appearances, and are now 12-4 in NCAA games played at home.
Hill is now just two goals away from tying the all-time program record for career goals. Her second half goal against the Great Danes gives her 61 total career goals. Moira Buckley (1980-83) currently holds the No. 1 spot in the record book with 63 goals in her career.
This marks the third straight season that UConn has advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Huskies are 1-1 the past two seasons in second round games. Last season, UConn advanced past Notre Dame 2-0 in the second round, but prior to that in 2014, the Huskies were knocked out in the second round 1-0 by Penn State.
Freshman Alexa Casimiro (Prospect, Conn.) gave UConn an early lead after she scored her second goal of the season just four minutes into the game.
Senior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.) furthered UConn's lead less than five minutes later to make it 2-0 less than 10 minutes into the match.
With the Huskies outshooting the Great Danes 10-4 in the first half, UAlbany got on the board late in the first half when Mariah Williams scored her first of the game in the 43rd minute cut UConn's lead in half going into the break.
Hill opened the second half scoring in the 51st minute. Off a signature long throw-in from sophomore Liane Keegans (Ridgefield, Conn.), Ribeiro headed it on to Hill who tapped it past UAlbany's keeper into the far left corner.
Senior Maddie Damm (North Knigstown, R.I.), who led the team with six shots, finally capitalized in the 80th minute with a long bomb from the very top right corner of the box. That marked Damm's second goal of the season and gave UConn a 4-1 lead with just over 10 minutes to play in the game.
The Great Danes had a last minute effort in the 89th minute when Williams grabbed her second of the evening to make the final score 4-2. UConn had an overall 22-7 shot advantage in the end. Senior Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) finished with two saves.
The Huskies will play Auburn in the NCAA Second Round on Friday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. down in Gainesville, Fla.
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