STORRS, Conn. – The No. 18 UConn women’s soccer team (11-2-0, 3-1-0) will welcome back alumni on Sunday for Alumni Day when it takes on Cincinnati (8-3-4, 3-1-1) Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. at Morrone Stadium. UConn is currently third in the American Athletic Conference standings after its win over East Carolina, right behind Cincinnati, who comes in at second behind USF.
The Huskies are currently 11-2 overall, coming off a 3-0 shutout victory against East Carolina Thursday. UConn held a 2-0 lead going into halftime with goals from senior Andrea Plucenik (Brooklyn, Conn.) and junior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.). Plucenik scored 90 seconds into the match off the cross bar, giving the Huskies an early 1-0 lead. Hill extended that lead in the 24th minute when she netted one off a pass from junior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.).
Another insurance goal for UConn came in the 85th minute from freshman Kim Urbanek (Lonnerstadt, Germany), giving the team the final 3-0 tally. UConn goaltenders, senior Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and junior Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.), both saw playing time in the match against the Pirates. Armstrong recorded three saves for the win and her fifth shutout of the season. Saucier recorded two saves for a 1.000 save percentage.
Hill still currently leads the team with a total of 23 points (10g, 3a) this season, followed by Ribeiro with 15 points (5g, 5a) and senior Samantha McGuire with 9 (3g, 3a). Armstrong has started in net every game for the Huskies and has made 47 saves for a 0.86 goals against average and a .810 save percentage.
Cincinnati is currently 8-3-4 overall after its most recent 2-1 loss to Temple on Thursday, which dropped the Bearcats from the top spot in the conference standings into second. The Bearcats scored first against the Owls with a goal from freshman Cassie Wheldon in the 22nd minute, her first of her collegiate career, but Temple scored two unanswered goals in the second half to claim the 2-1 victory.
The Bearcats are led in scoring by senior Danielle Rotheram with 15 points (6g, 3a), followed by sophomore Jaycie Brown with 10 points (4g, 2a) and freshman Jordan Cotleur with eight (4g). Senior goaltender Sam Pavlika has played 825 minutes for Cincinnati, earning 32 saves and a 0.76 goals against average. Redshirt junior Natalie Smith has played 605 minutes in net for the Bearcats, making 27 saves for a 0.74 goals against average.
UConn leads the all-time series against Cincinnati 3-2-2. The two squared off against each other last season, late in September of 2014, where the Bearcats shutout the Huskies, 3-0, in UConn’s second conference match-up of the season. The first meeting between the two schools dates all the way back to September of 1983, where the Bearcats and the Huskies played to a scoreless draw.
Up next, the Huskies hit the road for two games, starting with Memphis on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex in Memphis, Tenn., before heading to Tulsa, Okla. on Sunday, Oct. 18 to take on Tulsa at 1 p.m. at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium.