STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's soccer team defeated Colgate, 2-0, in the final game of the 2005 UConn Soccer Classic. The game was a rematch of the 2004 NCAA second round game in which UConn dominated, 4-0. Domination is the key word in a match-up between these two teams. UConn once again controlled the game with 35 shots, compared to just three by Colgate.
The Huskies wasted no time on the field before getting their first shot off. Freshman Brittany Taylor (Campbell Hall, N.Y.) took her first of eight shots against Colgate goalkeeper, Louisa Miller, at the 1:44 mark of the game. UConn continued to to bombard Colgate with shots throughout the first half, finishing with 22.
It was not until the second half that the Huskies were able to score against Miller, who had seven saves in the first half. At the 56:14 mark of the second half, freshman Elizabeth Eng (Chicago, Ill.) took a shot that deflected off a Colgate defender directly to Taylor who kicked the ball into the left corner of the net.
Two minutes later, junior Niki Cross (Pembroke, Mass.) received a pass from Eng in front of the Raider's net, side-stepped a Colgate defender and booted the ball into the back of the net for the Huskies' second and final goal of the game.
Though only two balls actually found their way between pipes for UConn, there were several close plays throughout the game. Senior Kristi Lefebvre (Colchester, Vt.) took a shot at the 30:03 on the first half that looked as it were going in before deflecting off the crossbar. Several other Huskies, including Alisse Kosloski (Wernersville, Pa.) Meghan Schnur (Butler, Pa.), Brittany Tegeler (Baldwin, M.D.) and Eng all had shots that were just high or wide of the net.
In earlier action of the UConn Soccer Classic, St. John's took on UMass at 11:30 a.m. in a game that ended in a 1-1 tied after two overtimes.
An All-Tournament team was selected after the last game of the tournament. Taylor received the Offensive Player of the Tournament nod and Karyn Riviere (Guilford, Conn.) was named the Defensive Player of the tournament. Frannie Iacuzzi (Colgate), Josie Johnson (Colgate), Holly Ryder (St. John's), Taylor (UConn), Jennifer Sullivan (UConn), Susan Byrne (St. John's), Cross (UConn), Riviere (UConn), Christina Nunes (UMass), Natasha Lee (St. John's) and Vanessa Patry (UMass) were all awarded for their play and conduct in this weekend's tournament.
UConn is back in action again on Friday, Sept. 16, at 7:00 p.m. at Morrone Stadium against Princeton. Friday night will also be Hometown Night. Fans from Glastonbury, Stonington, and Wilton are invited to the game to cheer on UConn Womens Soccer players from their hometown. All organizations from these towns will receive the discounted $2 group rate.
GOALS BY PERIOD...............1 2 Total
Colgate...............................0 0 0
Connecticut.........................0 2 2
1. 56:14 UC Brittany Taylor (Elizabeth Eng)
2. 58:14 UC Niki Cross (Elizabeth Eng)
SAVES: Connecticut 1, Colgate 8
SHOTS: Connecticut 35, Colgate 3