STORRS, Conn. - The No. 15 UConn women's soccer team (12-2-0, 4-1-0) will take on Memphis (7-4-3, 2-1-2) on the road on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in Memphis, Tenn. at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. The team climbed three spots in this week's national poll from No. 18 to a season high 15th.
The Huskies are coming off two shutout conference victories, extending their current winning streak to four games. An early second half goal from senior Andrea Plucenik (Brooklyn, Conn.) lifted UConn past Cincinnati, 1-0, on Sunday.
Plucenik also netted the game-winner 90 seconds into the match against East Carolina Thursday. Junior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) and freshman Kim Urbanek (Lonnerstadt, Germany) also scored for the Huskies, giving them a 3-0 win over the Pirates.
Junior goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) has started in all 14 matches for the Huskies, totaling 1242 minutes in net. Armstrong has registered 52 saves and six shutouts to this date, for a 0.80 goals against average and a .825 save percentage. Armstrong's was honored as the American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Week for this week in response to her two shutouts this past weekend.
Memphis went 0-1-1 this past weekend on the road against both Florida conference opponents. The team's loss came against UCF on Thursday where the Tigers fell short of the Knights 3-1 in Orlando. UCF took an early 2-0 lead, but freshman Elizabeth Woerner answered for Memphis just over a minute after UCF scored its second goal, making it 2-1 going into the half, but UCF ended it with a late third goal.
In Sunday's match, Memphis took the early 2-0 lead in the first half with goals from freshman Marie Levasseur and junior Valerie Sanderson, who both lead the team with 13 points, but USF tied it up with two goals in the second half, forcing extra time. After two overtime periods the match ended in a 2-2 draw.
Junior goaltender Maryse Bard-Martel has started in all 14 matches for the Tigers, recording 36 saves for a 1.27 goals against average, a .655 save percentage and six shutouts.
UConn has played Memphis just twice in the all-time series, and are 0-1-1 against the Tigers. The debut match-up between the Huskies and the Tigers was in 2013, the last match of UConn's regular season, where Memphis sustained a 5-1 victory on its home field. The two came together again in October of last season, where the two played to a 2-2 draw after double overtime.
The Huskies will remain on the road for Tulsa on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. before returning to Morrone Stadium on Thursday Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. when they host Houston.
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