PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The University of Connecticut women's soccer team defeated Providence College, 1-0, in its BIG EAST Conference opener on Sunday afternoon. With this win, the Huskies improve to 5-2-1 overall and 1-0-0 in the BIG EAST while the Friars fall to 3-4-0 overall and 0-1-0 in the BIG EAST. This game marked the 24th meeting between these two teams, and the Huskies now lead the series 23-1.
The game opened quickly for the Huskies. Senior Kristi Lefebvre (Colchester, Vt.) took her first of five shots at the :30 mark. Redshirt sophomore Meghan Schnur (Butler, Pa.) followed another 30 seconds later with the Huskies second shot of the game. UConn continued to attack Providence's defense, taking 15 shots in the first half, five of which were on goal.
Scoring began for the Huskies with just over a minute remaining in the first half, when Katie Radchuck (Halifax, Nova Scotia) stole the ball from Providence in the midfield, passed up to junior Niki Cross (Pembroke, Mass.), who was in the Huskies' offensive third. Cross drove down the left wing, pushing through the Friar defense, and took a shot from in front of the goal, finding the back of the net for the Huskies' first and only goal of the game.
The second half was similar to the first for the Huskies. They stayed strong on offense, taking 10 more shots in the game, but they were unable score. Providence's goalie, Ashley Fedyshyn made seven saves, while neither Megan Jessee (Orefield, Pa.) nor Stephanie Labbe (Stony Plain, Alberta) saw any action in their time between the pipes. The Friars only managed one shot in the game, and it was blocked by the Huskies' defense.
The Huskies will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 23 in a doubleheader with the men's soccer team at Morrone Stadium. The women will host Marquette at 5:00 p.m. and the men will be facing St. John's.
GOALS BY PERIOD........1 2 Total
Connecticut..................1 0 1
Providence....................0 0 0
1. 43:49 UC Niki Cross (Katie Radchuck)
SHOTS: Connecticut 25, Providence 1
SAVES: Connecticut 0, Providence 7