Aug. 30, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - Freshman midfielder Riley Houle(Columbia, Conn.) earned her first collegiate accolade this week as SoccerSavings.com named her the New England Soccer News Women's College Player of the Week for the week of August 28.
"Riley is instrumental to our attack. She has a lot of freedom in the middle which allows her to create dangerous scoring situations for herself or for her teammates. She is a tireless worker on both ends of the field which is what we need from her in that position," said assistant coach Margaret Rodriguez.
Playing 157 minutes in two games, Houle has been a steady force in the midfield for the Huskies throughout the first two games of the season. Her constant movement, ability to push the ball up the field and get back on defense has allowed her to be a consistent contributor for Connecticut. Additionally, Houle has taken 11 of UConn's 13 corner kicks, including the corner kick that led to sophomore midfielder Devin Prendergast'sfirst goal of the season. Houle recorded her first collegiate goal on an unassisted 10 yard shot in UConn's 3-0 win over Colgate on August 25.
Houle and the Huskies return to the field this weekend as they look to take down two undefeated ACC teams in the Wake Forest Tournament. The first game is at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 2, against No. 17Wake Forest and the second game is Sunday, September 4, at 11:30 a.m. against No. 25 Virginia Tech.