STORRS, Conn. – After going 1-1 in their debut conference matches last weekend, the No. 20 UConn women’s soccer team (9-2-0, 1-1-0) will finally return home to Morrone Stadium to take on Temple (8-4-0, 0-2-0) Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. after a five-game road stretch spanning the past three weeks.
The Huskies are 1-1 in conference play after this past weekend, coming off a 3-2 comeback win against conference opponent UCF on Sunday after losing 1-0 to USF in their conference opener on Thursday.
UConn trailed UCF 1-0 going into halftime, but a second half goal from junior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) tied the game up 1-1. Roughly ten minutes had past when UCF pulled ahead again and took a 2-1 lead, but senior Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) knocked in the team’s second equalizer of the match in the 79th minute. Minutes later, Hill tapped in her second of the match to take a 3-2 lead with less than ten minutes remaining in the match.
Hill’s four-point match brought her season total to 19 points (8g, 3a), the most on the team this season, followed by junior Stephanie Ribeiro with 14 (5g, 4a) and McGuire with nine (3g, 3a). Junior goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) has played all 990 minutes for UConn, recording 39 saves for a 1.00 goals against average and three shutouts.
Temple also opened conference play on the road against both Florida opponents this weekend, playing the opposite schedule of UConn, opening against UCF on Thursday and then USF on Sunday. Temple went 0-2 on the weekend with 1-0 losses against both teams.
Senior Kelly Farrell leads the Owls with 24 points (11g, 2a), followed by sophomore Elana Falcone with 12 (4g, 4a) and senior Erin Lafferty with 11 (5g, 1a). Freshman goalkeeper Jordan Nash has played in 750 minutes out of 1,083 for the Owls, recording 40 saves and a 0.89 goals against average. Nash has received credit for four out of eight wins. Senior goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff recorded the other four wins for Temple in 332 minutes she has played.
UConn leads the all-time series against Temple 2-0. The last time the two met was last season on October 26, 2014, where the Huskies shutout the Owls 3-0 on the road in Philadelphia. Hill recorded three points (1g, 1a) that game. The other two goals were scored by (then) seniors Riley Houle and Lindsey Watkins, who graduated in the spring.
The Huskies will remain at home for two matches next weekend, the first on Thursday, Oct. 8 against East Carolina at 7 p.m. and then on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. against Cincinnati. Both games will be played at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.