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UConn Picked as Unanimous Preseason Favorite

Aug. 9, 2016

PRODIVENCE, R.I. – The University of Connecticut women’s soccer team was unanimously selected the favorite in the American Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll for the upcoming 2016 season, as announced by the conference Tuesday.

Senior forward Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) was voted the unanimous Preseason Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. This is her third time receiving the recognition overall. The 2015 Co-Offensive Player of the Year started in all 23 matches for UConn and led the team and the league with 36 points (16g, 4a). A 2015 NSCAA All-American First Team honoree, Hill was also a 2015 MAC Hermann Semifinalist.

Senior goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) was named Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year for a second time in her career. In 2015, Armstrong was named the American Athletic Conference goalkeeper of the year after boasting an 18-4 record and 31 total saves in net. A main contributor to an undefeated season at home, Armstrong recorded eight solo shutouts and assisted two others.

Senior midfielder Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.) joined Hill and Armstrong on the Preseason All-Conference Team. The 2015 Midfielder of the Year, Ribeiro finished second on the team in points last season with 22 (7g, 8a). She was named to the NSCAA All-America Third Team in 2015.

The Huskies will kick off their regular season on Friday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. when they host Northeastern at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium in Storrs.

 

2016 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
PRESEASON WOMEN’S SOCCER COACHES’ POLL

1. UConn*(9) 81
2. USF (1) 65
T3. UCF 64
T3. Cincinnati 64
5. Memphis 46
6. Tulsa 42
7. East Carolina 30
8. Temple 29
9. SMU 20
10. Houston 9


 

 

 

2016 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
PRESEASON AWARD WINNERS

PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Rachel Hill, UConn, Sr., F*

PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Vanessa Gilles, Cincinnati, Jr., D

PRESEASON GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
Emily Armstrong, UConn, Sr., GK

PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Kayla Adamek, UCF, RS-Jr., M
Carol Rodrigues, UCF, Sr., F*
Jaycie Brown, Cincinnati, Jr., M*
Vanessa Gilles, Cincinnati, Jr., D
Emily Armstrong, UConn, Sr., GK
Rachel Hill, UConn, Sr., F*
Stephanie Ribeiro, UConn, RS-Sr., M
Lana Spitler, East Carolina, Sr., F
Marie Levasseur, Memphis, So., F
Valerie Sanderson, Memphis, Sr., F*
Claire Oates, SMU, Jr., M
Rachel Thun, Tulsa, Jr., M*
* denotes unanimous selection

-Team consists of twelve players due to a tie

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