STORRS, Conn. — The No. 20 UConn women’s soccer team (8-2-0, 0-1-0) takes on its second Florida opponent this week, UCF (6-2-1, 1-0-0) on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. on the road in Orlando, Fla. at the UCF Soccer Complex.
UConn started off 0-1 in American Athletic Conference play with a 1-0 loss to No. 24 USF on Thursday, bringing its overall record to 8-2. Despite putting up eight shots on goal, the Huskies were unable to score against the Bulls’ defense.
Junior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) leads the team with 15 points (6g, 3a), despite not scoring in the last four matches, followed by junior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.) with 12 points (5g, 2a) then senior Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) with six (2g, 2a). Junior goalkeeper Emily Armstrong has played all 900 minutes for the Huskies, recording 36 saves and a 0.90 goals against average. Armstrong has recorded three shutouts this season against Syracuse, Army and Brown.
Central Florida starts off undefeated in conference play with a 1-0 shutout win over Temple, which brought its overall record to 6-2-1. Redshirt sophomore Kayla Adamek netted the only goal for the Knights against Temple last in the first half in the 43rd minute. Temple only put up one shot on goal, giving UCF goalkeeper, Vera Varis, a one save shutout.
Junior Carol Rodrigues leads the team with 12 points (5g, 2a), followed by senior Ashley Spivey with 10 points (5g) and redshirt sophomore Kayla Adamek with seven (3g, 1a). Freshman goalkeeper Vera Varis has played in seven of nine games for the Knights, recording 27 saves for a 1.49 goals against average and a .711 save percentage.
The Huskies finally return home on Friday, Oct. 2 to take on Temple at 7 p.m. at Morrone Stadium for their third conference match-up of the season.