STORRS, Conn. – Coming off two wins on the road, the No. 20 UConn women’s soccer team (8-1-0) will open conference play against USF (7-1-1) on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in Tampa, Fla. at Corbett Stadium.
The Huskies are currently 8-1-0 this season, coming off a 1-0 win over Brown on Sunday. Junior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.) scored her fifth goal, and fifth game-winner, of the season in the 11th minute, giving UConn an early lead and eventually the 1-0 victory. Ribeiro had herself a five-point weekend registering a goal and an assist at Central Connecticut on Friday.
Junior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) leads the team with 15 points (6g, 3a) followed by Ribeiro with 12 points (5g, 2a) and senior Samantha McGuire with 6 (2g, 2a). Junior goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) has played all 810 minutes for the Huskies, recording 31 saves, three shutouts and a 0.89 goals against average.
The Bulls are coming off their first loss of the season, which came in a 2-1 double overtime loss to Texas Tech, bringing their record to 7-1-1 and ruining their unbeaten streak. Prior to that loss, USF shutout Georgia Southern 5-0.
Olivia Chance leads the Bulls with 17 points (6g, 5a) followed by Cristina Ferral, Leticia Skeete, and Trudi Carter who are all tied with seven points. USF goalkeeper, Kat Elliot has played in all nine games for the Bulls, recording 32 saves and a 0.53 goals against average.
The all-time series between the Huskies and the Bulls is split 5-5-2. The two faced off twice in 2014, once in the regular season, where USF pulled out a 2-0 win over UConn, and once in the American Athletic Conference semifinals, where the match ended in a 0-0 tie after two overtime periods. UConn advanced to the conference finals after defeating USF 3-2 in penalty kicks.
The match will be streamed by the American Athletic Conference and you can watch it free of charge here: http://www.theamerican.org/watch/?Live=158
UConn will finish out its five-game road stretch against conference foe UCF on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. in Orlando, Fla.