GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Despite taking a 1-0 lead in the first minute of the game, the No. 13 UConn women’s soccer team fell to No. 16 Auburn 4-1 Friday in the NCAA Second Round at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. The Huskies conclude their season 19-3-1 overall after Friday’s loss to the Tigers.
- Senior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) concludes her career fourth in the UConn record book for all-time career points with 140. She is also second in program history for overall career goals with 61.
- Senior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.) joined “The 100-Point Club” after the NCAA First Round game. She concluded her career-best season with 55 points, the fifth most in a single season in program history. Her 21 goals also tied her for third in the record book for most goals in a single season. She is also tied for first for the most goals scored by a senior with 21.
- The Huskies are now 13-3-1 in NCAA Second Round matches. This is the third consecutive season that UConn has appeared in the NCAA tournament.
- Senior Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) concludes her career with the second most career shutouts in UConn women’s soccer history after she earned a career-high 11 shutouts this season.
Senior Maddie Damm (North Kingstown, R.I.) put UConn on the board 55 seconds into the game from 22 yards out off a pass from fellow senior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.), giving UConn an early 1-0 lead.
Auburn tied it up less than five minutes later when Kristen Dodson scored from 16 yards out on the far side of the field.
The Huskies and the Tigers were tied 1-1 for next 35 minutes of the first half. Auburn scored back-to-back goals, less than two minutes apart, to take a 3-1 lead into halftime.
Auburn outshot Connecticut 9-4 in the first half. Damm took credit for three of UConn’s four shots in the first half, two of which were on goal.
UConn battled back in the second half, outshooting Auburn 6-3 in the final frame. In the 53rd minute, Ribeiro got a head on the ball off a cross from Hill but the shot never made it to the goal.
Hill gave the Huskies another chance in the 63rd minute when she launched the ball on net from far out, but it missed just wide of the Auburn cage. Freshman Kristen Vinciguerra (Saddle River, N.J.) followed it up with another long ball from way outside the box that went over the net.
Auburn tacked up another goal on the board in the 71st minute to secure a 4-1 lead.
Sophomore Heidi Druehl (Stamford, Conn.) kept the pressure late in the game and registered a shot on goal in the 88th minute. She finished with two shots on the day.
The Tigers held an overall 12-10 shot advantage over the Huskies.