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STORRS, Conn. -- The UConn women's soccer team returns to Connecticut this weekend for a pair of contest against regional foes. First up, the Huskies travel to New Britain to take on Central Connecticut State on Friday at 7 p.m., then return home to kick off a five-game homestand when they host Stony Brook on Sunday at 3 p.m.
UConn hit the road for its first two away contests of the year last weekend, dropping a 3-1 decision at No. 7 Penn State before picking up a 1-1 draw in double overtime at Syracuse. Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) scored her third goal of the year in the Penn State setback, before freshman Danielle Gottwik (New Port Richey, Fla.) notched her first career tally at Syracuse.
Hill was named to The American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll after scoring at PSU. It was the second straight honor roll nod for Hill, after she scored twice in UConn’s opening weekend. The sophomore standout now has 16 goals in 24 career games for the Huskies.
UConn is 11-1-0 all-time against its in-state rival Central Connecticut, while the match-up with Stony Brook marks the first in program history. Most recently, UConn took down CCSU by a score of 3-0 in Storrs last season. Hill and Riley Houle (Columbia, Conn.) tallied for the Huskies in the victory, and a Blue Devil own goal pushed the margin to three. Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) made four saves for UConn to pick up the shutout. Connecticut has never played Stony Brook before, but is 47-7-4 all-time against teams currently comprising the America East. UConn’s last game against a team from the league was a 1-0 victory over Maine last season.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE
The Huskies travel to New Britain to face a Blue Devil squad that is 1-2-1 on the young season. In its two most recent contest, CCSU played to a scoreless tie with Hartford before a 2-0 loss at St. John’s. Three different Blue Devils have scored on the year, while Tori Sousa leads the team with two assists. Nikki Turley has played every minute in goal for Central, and holds a 1.13 GAA and a .722 save percentage with two shutouts in 397:42 minutes. Gaffer Mick D’Arcy is in his 15th season at Central Connecticut and is the program’s all-time leader in wins.
The Seawolves visit Joseph J. Morrone Stadium with a 1-3-0 record on the year. Stony Brook last dropped back-to-back contests in New York, falling at Siena (3-2) and at Wagner (2-0). Raven Edwards leads the SBU attack with two goals, and Maxie New and Maddie Good have also foundthe back of the net this year for the Seawolves. Ashley Castanio has played all 360 minutes in goal for Stony Brook and has notched a 2.00 GAA and a .619 save percentage with one shutout. Skipper Sue Ryan is in her 30th season as the head coach at SBU.
After the Stony Brook game, UConn continues a five-game homestand by welcoming St. John’s and Massachusetts to Storrs next week. The Huskies are 15-5-1 all-time against their former Big East rival Red Storm, and hold a 20-14-3 record against UMass in a series that dates back to the program’s inception in 1979.