STORRS, Conn. -
The UConn women's soccer team returns to action this weekend to open American Athletic Conference play after an 11-day hiatus. The Huskies take on Cincinnati on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium and then meet East Carolina Sunday at 1 p.m.
UConn brings a 2-4-3 record into weekend action and is led in scoring by freshman Kess Elmore (Liverpool, England) with five goals and an assist for 11 points. Junior Vivien Beil (Jena, Germany) is next up with two goals and two assists for six points.
The Huskies have enjoyed tremendous success in the American Athletic Conference as the league enters its fifth season. UConn has won two of the four regular season championships (2015 and 2016) and two of the four league tournaments (2014 and 2016).
Cincinnati is 7-1-2 on the season and 1-0-1 in the American with a tie against UCF and a win vs. USF last weekend. Cincinnati is in the "also receiving votes" category in the latest United Soccer Coaches Division I poll and is ranked fifth in the Southeast region.
The Bearcats are led in scoring by freshman midfielder Sophie Gorman with three goals and an assist for seven points while senior defender Vanessa Gilles and senior forward Julie Gavorski have also scored three goals apiece.
East Carolina is 5-4-2 on the season with a 0-2 mark in the American with losses last weekend to USF and UCF.
The Pirates play at Temple on Thursday night. Junior midfielder-forward Courtney Cash has 12 points for East Carolina with five goals and two assists.