STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s soccer team stunned Siena with a season best five goals on Sunday, shutting out the Saints 5-0 to advance to the second round of NCAA tournament. Junior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.) racked up five points for the Huskies, scoring two goals and an assist on top.
The Huskies scored three goals in 12 minutes to the lead 3-0 in the first half. Ribeiro opened the scoring in the 11th minute when she received a pass from classmate and partner in crime Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) and shot it into the back of the net from the right corner of the box to put UConn up 1-0.
Hill got on the board in the 17th minute after Ribeiro passed the ball out to freshman Kim Urbanek (Lonnerstadt, Germany) who was running up the far side of the field. Urbanek then fed the ball up to Hill, who chipped it up over the head of Siena goalkeeper Liz Rogan, giving UConn a 2-0 lead less than 20 minutes in. That marked Hill’s 14th goal of the season, bringing her to a total 31 points.
Urbanek tacked on another insurance goal in the 23rd minute when she teed one up from the outer perimeter of the box. Senior Andrea Plucenik (Brooklyn, Conn.) earned credit on the assist and the Huskies took a solid 3-0 lead into the halftime break.
Defensive powerhouse, senior Annie Wickett (Frederick, Md.) scored her first career goal ten minutes into the second half off a rebound from a blocked shot taken by junior Toriana Patterson (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) to extend the lead to 4-0.
As if three points were not good enough, Ribeiro tallied her second goal of the game in the 70th minute when she launched a bullet from direct center at the top of the box into the top left corner of net, bringing the score to 5-0. Five goals marks a season high for the Huskies. The previous high was four goals, which UConn recorded in the regular season opener against Colgate and on the road against Navy.
UConn’s defense only allowed one shot in 90 minutes of play. The Huskies outshot the Saints 25-1 and 11-1 in shots on goal. Junior goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) and senior goaltender Allison Saucier (Rockey Hill, Conn.) split time in net for Huskies. Saucier recorded the save on Siena’s only shot of the match off a header in the 89th minute.
The Huskies will travel to Piscataway, N.J. for round two of the NCAA tournament where they will take on Notre Dame on Friday, Nov. 20. The time of that game has yet to be determined.