STORRS, Conn. (August 7, 2007) -- The 2007-08 women’s soccer roster will be littered with off-season achievements as a number of University of Connecticut student-athletes found success in the . Five current student athletes as well as three incoming freshman and a pair of former Huskies helped the WPSL’s New England Mutiny to a national runner-up title in Tampa. Down the road at Connecticut’s WPSL SoccerPlus program, another four current and four former Huskies helped the squad to a 6-3-3 WPSL inaugural record & a place in the Open Cup National Finals and U23 National Championships in Seattle.
New England’s offense was led by three UConn players, including senior Meghan Schnur (Butler, Pa.) who led the Mutiny in goals (8), assists (9) and total points (25). Schnur scored a penalty kick and the overtime game winner that sent the Mutiny to Tampa for the WPSL Final Four. Incoming freshman Erin Clark (Somers, Conn.) and senior Alexandra Zedros (Melrose, Mass.) each contributed double-digit scoring efforts with 12 and 15 points, respectively.
Former Huskies Lauren Molinaro and Mary-Frances Monroe provided experience in the midfield while incoming freshmen Becky Gundling (Farmington, Conn.) and Meghan Cunningham (Simsbury, Conn.) contributed minutes off the bench.
In late June, Cunningham converted a Round 7 sudden death penalty kick to save the Mutiny’s then-undefeated season and send the squad to the national championship match less than 12 hours later. Cunningham’s PK ensured the fourth Mutiny Division title in as many years.
On the defensive end of the field, UConn junior Stephanie Labbe (Stony Plain, Alta.) (pictured) recorded a 0.37 GAA as the primary goalkeeper playing 974:00 minutes of action. Senior Karyn Riviere (Guilford, Conn.) played as an outside back while junior Jessica Diakun (Glastonbury, CT) anchored the Mutiny defense at the center back position. Before the championship match, the defensive unit allowed just four goals.
Labbe and Riviere were both named to the WPSL Final Four all-tournament team for their efforts.
The Mutiny is recognized as an international powerhouse and boasted a world ranking of 17th this past summer – just three spots away from their highest ever ranking of 14th.
Senior Sarah MacIsaac (Nova Scotia, Canada), juniors Elizabeth Eng (Chicago, Ill) and Brittany Tegeler (Baldwin, Md.) and former UConn standouts Niki Cross, Megan Jesse, Kristen Graczyk and Kristi Lefebvre helped the SoccerPlus Reds in their first season in the WPSL. MacIsaac, Tegeler and incoming freshman Kacey Richards (Williamstown, N.J.) participated in both the Open Cup National Finals and U23 National Championship in Seattle this past weekend. Before advancing to post-season play in the “oldest and most prestigious competition offered to all affiliated teams of the United States Adult Soccer Association”, Tegeler netted six goals over a nine match span.
The Reds lost (1-0) in the Women's Open Cup National Semifinal to eventual champion and second ranked team in the world, Ajax America. However, they rebounded to win the U23 National Championship the following day by blanking the ICSL Allstars of Southern California (7-0) and then defeating the Kansas City Dynamos (2-0) in the finals.
In the last match of the regular season, the Mutiny and Reds faced off in a match that would determine the league championship and post-season advancement. The game featured a total of 17 current and former UConn players, eleven of whom started the match. Although the Mutiny took a 1-0 lead early in the second half, SoccerPlus fought back to tie the game with just over ten minutes remaining in the game.
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