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CINCINNATI -- The UConn women's soccer team (8-2-1, 1-0-0 The American) continues conference play on Sunday afternoon with a trip to Ohio for a contest at Cincinnati (6-3-2, 0-1-0 The American). The Huskies and Bearcats will meet on the pitch for the seventh time, with UConn leading the all-time series 3-1-2. Game time from UC's Gettler Field is set for 12 p.m.
Most recently, Connecticut won its conference opener on Thursday night with a 2-1 overtime victory at Cincinnati. Riley Houle (Columbia, Conn.) scored an equalizer for the Huskies in the 70th minute, before Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) won it for UConn with a dramatic overtime goal in the 100th minute. Andrea Plucenik (Brooklyn, Conn.) assisted on both Husky goals as UConn moved to 17-4-0 all-time in conference openers.
Cincinnati is a familiar foe for UConn, with the squads playing six times in the past. The first two meetings came in 1983 and 1985, with the last four coming since 2005 as conference-mates, first in the Big East and last year in The American. The Huskies lost in their only other trip to Gettler Stadium back in 2008. Last season, a Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.) game-winner in overtime propelled the Huskies to a 1-0 victory in Storrs.
Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) leads the UConn offense with 11 goals and two assists this season, while Houle and McGuire have each recorded 4-2-10 scoring lines. Plucenik and Julie Hubbard (Waverly, Pa.) are tied for the team-high with four assists, and five Huskies have recorded two helpers on the year. Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) and Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.) have split time in net to give UConn extremely effective goaltending, with the duo combining to record a 0.97 GAA and a .792 save percentage with four shutouts.
A LOOT AT THE BEARCATS
Cincinnati hosts UConn with a 6-3-2 record on the year, including an 0-1-0 mark in conference play after falling to Temple on Thursday night. The loss for the Bearcats was their first home defeat of the season, and only their third loss in Cincinnati over the last two seasons. Daneille Rotheram (5g-4a-14p) and Katy Couperus (4g-5a-13p) pace the Bearcat offense, which has scored 29 goals in 11 games this season. Jae Atkinson leads the team with six assists in addition to two goals to total 10 points, while Emily Elsbrock, Vanessa Giles and Julie Gavorski have each scored three goals. Natalie Smith has received the bulk of time in goal for Cincinnati, and holds a 1.12 GAA with a .560 save percentage and two shutouts. Neil Stafford is in his second year as the gaffer at UC, and holds a 14-14-3 record there after previous stops as the head coach at Central Michigan and Assumption.
A LOOK AHEAD
Following the trip to Cincinnati, UConn returns home for its first two conference games at Morrone Stadium. First up is a visit from Memphis on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. The Tigers won the teams' first-ever meeting last year in Memphis, 5-1.
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