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UConn Set For Trips To No. 8 Penn State And Syracuse

The Huskies will look to improve on their 2-0-0 start this weekend
Aug. 28, 2014

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. --
Fresh off a pair of victories in its opening weekend, the UConn women's soccer team hits the road for a pair of challenging non-conference tilts. The Huskies take on No. 8 Penn State on Friday at 5:30 p.m., then battle Syracuse on Sept. 1 at 1 p.m.

UConn has opened the 2014 season with a 2-0-0 record. The Huskies defeated Hofstra, 1-0, on Aug. 22 before coming back from an early deficit to take down Navy, 2-1, on Aug. 24.

Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) was named The American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Week for her performance in UConn’s 2-0 week. Armstrong made seven saves to record the clean sheet against Hofstra, and added four more stops in the Navy win. She currently leads The American with 11 saves and holds a .917 save percentage.

Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) was named to The American’s Weekly Honor Roll after scoring in each of UConn’s wins. Hill notched a penalty kick that stood as the game-winner against Hofstra, then scored on a header to equalize vs. Navy. The league’s Preseason Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Hill now has 15 career goals in 22 contests.

The Huskies’ early success has garnered national attention, with UConn receiving votes in the first NSCAA/Continental Tires Women’s Division 1 National Poll. The Huskies are also ranked No. 3 in the Northeast Region by NSCAA.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION

PENN STATE
The Huskies travel to the Keystone State to face a Penn State squad that is currently ranked No. 8 in the nation in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tires Poll. The Nittany Lions defeated No. 12 West Virginia, 3-1, and Syracuse, 2-0, last weekend at home. Mallory Weber leads the charge of four PSU players who have scored this season, registering a pair of goals. Emily Ogle is second on the team in points with a 1-1-3 line, and Kori Chapic and Frannie Crouse have also found the back of the net for Penn State. Brit Eckerstrom has played all 180 minutes in goal and allowed one goal with two saves. Overall, Penn State has allowed only six total shots and three shots on goal in two games.

SYRACUSE
The Orange have struggled out of the gate offensively in 2014, holding an 0-1-1 record with a scoreless draw against Missouri and a 2-0 loss to Penn State. Alex Lamontagne leads the squad with four shots, and is tied with Stephanie Skilton for the team lead of two shots on goal. MacKenzie Moranz has played all 200 minutes in goal for the Orange and holds a 0.90 GAA and an .857 save percentage with 12 saves and a shutout.

After this weekend’s road contests, UConn travels to in-state rival Central Connecticut on Sept. 5 before beginning a five-game homestand on Sept. 7 when it hosts Stony Brook. The Huskies are 11-1-0 all-time against CCSU, while this year will mark the first meeting with Stony Brook.
The Last Meeting
Penn State2  
Connecticut3OT
September 5, 2010
Joseph J. Morrone Stadium, Conn.
Shufelt Leads Women's Soccer Past No. 16 Penn State In Overtime, 3-2
After notching the game winner in overtime on Friday against Illinois, UConn women's soccer player Jessica Shufelt (Rochester, N.Y.) led the Huskies to another overtime victory with a pair of goals, including a blast from 18 yards out in overtime. The Huskies entered overtime for the fifth consecutive game to start the season and came away with a 3-2 victory over No. 16 Penn State University today in front of 1,372 fans at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The victory marked the first for UConn over the Nittany Lions since PSU became a varsity program. With the victory, Connecticut improves to 2-2-1 on the season while Penn State falls to 1-3-1.

The Last Meeting
Syracuse0
Connecticut1
September 8, 2013
Joseph J. Morrone Stadium, Conn.
Women's Soccer Posts Fourth Consecutive Shutout with 1-0 Win Over Syracuse
UConn women's soccer earned its fourth consecutive shutout with a 1-0 win over Syracuse (4-2-0) on Sunday afternoon to improve to 4-2-0. The Connecticut freshman duo of forward Rachel Hill and goalkeeper Emily Armstrong continue to lead the Huskies as Hill scored the go-ahead goal and Armstrong earned the shutout victory.


 

 

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