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STORRS, Conn. -- The UConn women's soccer team (6-2-1) concludes a five-game homestand and non-conference play when it hosts Brown (3-2-0) on Sunday afternoon at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. Kick-off from Storrs is set for 1 p.m.
UConn is 19-5-1 all-time against Brown in a series that date's back to the program's inception in 1979. The most recent installment came in 2007, a 5-1 win for the Huskies in Storrs. UConn has won its last nine meetings with Brown, and is 3-0 all-time against the Bears in NCAA Tournament play.
The Huskies are back in action after dropping a tough decision to No. 5 Florida State, 3-2, on Thursday night. Rachell Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) scored twice for the Huskies to build an early lead, but the Seminoles responded with three straight to snag the victory. Hill now has 11 goals in nine games this season, including seven in her last four games. She is second in the nation with her 11 goals, and leads The American in goals, points (23) and game-winning goals (3).
Supporting Hill offensively are Danielle Gottwik (New Port Richey, Fla.) and Riley Houle (Columbia, Conn.), who each have posted a 3-2-8 scoring line in 2014. Gottwik is the reigning American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week after a goal and two assists on Sept. 14 vs. UMass. Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) has added two goals and two assists for the Huskies, and Liana Hinds (Hartford, Conn.) and Julie Hubbard (Waverly, Pa.) each have four points.
In goal, Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) have split time in recent games, each playing one half in every game since a Sept. 1 contest at Syrcause. Saucier holds a 4-0-0 record and a 1.00 GAA, while Armstrong is 2-2-1 with a 1.12 GAA an an .806 save percentage on the year.
BREAKING DOWN BROWN
The Bears come to Morrone Stadium with a 3-2-0 overall record, fresh off a 2-0 victory over UMass on Thursday. Brown also has a win over its other common opponent of UConn, taking down St. John's by a score of 2-1 back on Sept. 5. Chloe Cross leads the Bears attack with three goals this season, also coming in at first on the squad with 10 shots. Mikela Waldman has a goal and an assist for Brown to total three points, and Carly Gould and Erin Katz have each potted a goal as well. Despite being out-shot by an average of 14.2-9.4 this season, Brown holds its opponents to a .352 shot on goal percentage. Keeper Mallory Yant has played every minute in the cage this season, and holds a 0.79 GAA with an .840 save percentage and a shutout. Phil Pincince is in his 38th season at the helm of the program and is the 13th-winningest coach in NCAA women's soccer history.
A LOOK AHEAD
After the Brown game concludes the non-conference portion of the schedule, UConn jumps into American Athletic Conference play next week with a trip to East Carolina on Thursday, Sept. 25. The contest will mark the first meeting between the Huskies and Pirates. UConn won its inaugural American Athletic Conference opener last season, taking down SMU by a score of 2-1 in Storrs.
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