STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's soccer team challenged the Princeton Tigers for 110 minutes only to come out with its first tie of the season, 1-1. The Tigers' offense dominated the game, recording 24 shots, 11 of which were on goal. UConn's offense battled against a strong Princeton defense, tallying a total of 16 shots in the game, including nine on goal.
Princeton took an early lead in the game with a goal by Diana Matheson at the 39:49 mark. It was a give and go scenario for the Tigers with a quick pass from Matheson to Emily Behcke who pitched it over back over to Matheson for a chip over senior goalie Megan Jessee (Orefield, Pa.) from 10 yards out.
UConn came out strong in the second half, peppering eight shots against Princeton's defense. Meghan Schnur (Butler, Pa.) took a corner kick for the Huskies, connecting with freshman Elizabeth Eng (Chicago, Ill.) in front of the Tigers' net. Eng followed through to tally the team's first and only goal at the 68:21 mark.
At the the start of the second half, Jessee was replaced in goal by freshman keeper Stephanie Labbe (Stony Plain, Alberta). Labbe made five saves in the second half for the Huskies as the defense helped to fend off 10 more shots by the Tigers.
At the end of regulation, the scored was tied, 1-1, and so it would remain throughout two overtime attempts. In overtime, Princeton tallied five more shots, totaling 24 for the game. UConn added five more as well, finishing with 16 shots. The Tigers' goalkeeper Madeleine Jackson recorded eight saves while Labbe and Jessee combined for 10.
UConn's offense was led by freshmen Brittany Taylor (Campbell Hall, N.Y.) and Brittany Tegeler (Baldwin, M.D.). Taylor took five shots for the Huskies, three of which were on goal, and Tegeler had four shots, two of which were on goal. Princeton's Matheson was the leading force of the Tiger's offense, taking 10 shots against UConn's defense.
The Huskies will face Providence at Providence on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 1:00 p.m. They will be home again on Friday, Sept. 23 in a doubleheader with the men's soccer team in which the women will face Marquette.
GOALS BY PERIOD.........1 2 OT 2OT Total
Princeton.......................1 0 0 0 1
Connecticut...................0 1 0 0 1
1. PRIN 39:49 Diana Matheson (Emily Behcke)
2. UC 68:21 Elizabeth Eng (Meghan Schnur)
SHOTS: Connecticut 16, Princeton 24
SAVES: Connecticut 10, Princeton 8