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UConn Primed To Host No. 5 Florida State On Thursday Night

Rachel Hill is among the nation's top scorers this season
Sept. 17, 2014

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STORRS, Conn. --
The UConn women's soccer team (6-1-1) rides a four-game winning streak into a Thursday night contest against No. 5 Florida State (6-1-0) at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The Huskies and Seminoles will square off at 7 p.m. in a contest that will be featured on as the NSCAA College Soccer Special Women's Soccer Game of the Week. 

The Huskies have out-scored their previous four opponents by a margin of 16-2 and are 5-0-0 at Morrone Stadium this year. The all-time series with Florida State goes back to 2002, with three of the prior four meetings coming in NCAA Tournament play. The most memorable previous encounter was in the 2003 College Cup, when the Huskies topped the Seminoles to advance to their second title game in program history.

UConn was the second team receiving votes in the most recent NSCAA/Continental Tires Women’s Division 1 National Poll. The Huskies are also ranked No. 2 in the Northeast Region by NSCAA.

Danielle Gottwik (New Port Richey, Fla.) was named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for her performance last weekend. After picking up her first career assist in the win over St. John’s on Sept. 12, Gottwik turned in a five-point outing with two goals and an assist in a triumph over UMass on Sept. 14.

Sophomore sensation Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) was named to The American's weekly honor roll for the fourth-straight week after a six-point weekend. Overall this year, Hill is top-five nationally in goals (9, 2nd), points (19, 3rd) and game-winning goals (3, 5th).

Florida State visits Storrs ranked No. 5 in the nation in the most recent NSCAA/Continental Tires Poll. The Seminoles are 6-1-0 on the season, with their lone loss at the hands of then-No. 8 Florida. In its six wins, FSU has out-scored its opponents by a margin of 20-2, including 11-0 in its last two victories over St. John’s and Stetson. Dagny Brynjarsdottir paces the Seminole attack with six goals this season, and Marta Bakowska-Mathews also has 12 points via a 5-2-12 scoring line. Cheyna Williams and Berglind Thorvaldsdottir have scored three goals apiece, and Carson Pickett leads the squad with five assists. Cassie Miller has played every minute in goal for Florida State, holding a 0.56 GAA and a .765 save percentage. As a team, FSU has allowed only 5.4 shots per game, while averaging 23.1 itself. The Seminoles also hold a 51-16 edge in corner kicks generated. 

After the FSU game, UConn concludes its five-game homestand when it hosts Brown at Morrone Stadium. The Huskies and Bears have met 25 times in a series dating back to UConn’s first season in 1979. Connecticut is 19-5-1 all-time against Brown, with the most recent contest a 5-1 win in 2007.

The Last Meeting
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August 31, 2008
State College, Pa.