STORRS, Conn. (October 15, 2006) — Junior Karyn Riviere (Guilford, Conn.) recorded her first career multi-goal game as the University of Connecticut women's soccer team cruised to a 6-0 shutout over DePaul on Senior Day Sunday afternoon at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
Riviere put the Huskies on the board early in the game, scoring just under nine minutes into the contest off a feed from senior Niki Cross (Pembroke, Mass.). Cross delivered a pass from the left side of the field to the feet of Riviere who was waiting just outside the Blue Demon box. Riviere corralled the ball and fired a shot into the upper left corner of the DePaul net to put UConn ahead 1-0.
Sophomore Brittany Tegeler (Baldwin, Md.) extended the Huskies’ lead to 2-0 minutes later as she notched her second goal of the season in the 13th minute. Elizabeth Eng (Chicago, Ill.) played the ball into the box from the left corner of the field where senior Courtney Sands (Rocky Hill, Conn.) cranked a shot on goal that was blocked by Blue Demon keeper Cara LaRocca, deflecting the ball back into the field of play. Tegeler raced towards the loose ball and slipped a shot past LaRocca for the final scoring of the first stanza.
The Husky defense, which has performed brilliantly of late, completely controlled the DePaul offensive attack in the first half. UConn, which has only allowed 13 shots in its last four home games, limited DePaul to no shots attempts in Sunday’s first half. Clicking on all cylinders during their recent four-game homestand, the Huskies offense took a total of 13 shots in the first half, five on which were shots on goal.
Just as she had done in the opening half, Riviere started the scoring for the Huskies in the second half as well. Less than three minutes into the half, Riviere knocked home her second goal of the afternoon off an assist from Eng. Following Eng’s initial shot that hit the post, Riviere tapped in the rebound to give the Huskies a 3-0 edge.
Junior Meghan Schnur (Butler, Pa.) continued the offensive onslaught with her sixth goal of the season in the 61st minute. Schnur received a pass from Tegeler just outside the Blue Demon box and blasted a left-footed strike past a diving LaRocca for the Huskies fourth goal of the afternoon.
Riviere struck for her third goal of the game midway through the half off Tegeler’s second assist of the contest. Tegeler dribbled down the left flank and sent a cross into the box where Riviere trapped the ball and knocked in a shot from seven yards out, extending UConn’s lead to 5-0 in the process.
Sophomore Maria Picard (Upton, Mass.) capped the six-goal outburst by the Huskies with her first goal of the season in the 88th minute of play. UConn began the attack on the defensive end of the field where Brittany Taylor (Campbell Hall, N.Y.) delivered a long pass up field to forward Alexandra Zedros (Melrose, Mass.) who in turned played the ball to a running Picard heading towards the Blue Demon goal. Picard controlled the ball in stride and chipped the ball over new DePaul keeper, Sara Bandauski, into the top left corner of the net, putting UConn ahead by a 6-0 tally.
UConn’s offensive explosion marks the first time the Huskies have scored six goals since Oct. 23, 2003, when the Huskies blacked Syracuse, 6-0, at Morrone Stadium.
Husky sophomore keeper Stephanie Labbe (Stony Plain, Alberta) logged just over 69 minutes of scoreless action and has now gone 274:46 consecutive minutes without surrendering a goal. Freshman Amanda Schwartz (Lanoka Harbor, N.J.) came on for the final 21 minutes and recorded one save in helping preserve the shutout.
As a team, the Huskies have now pitched shutouts in their last four games, all coming against BIG EAST opponents. The last time UConn shutout four consecutive BIG EAST teams was to close the 2004 regular season.
Prior to the game, UConn honored seniors Sands and Cross for their accomplishments on contributions on the field during their four years on campus. Each player collected an assist in their final regular season home game.
UConn (8-7-2, 5-3-1 BIG EAST) returns to the pitch Friday evening when the Huskies travel to seventh-ranked West Virginia for a 7:00 p.m. contest.
GOALS BY PERIOD...............1 2 Total
DePaul.................................0 0 0
Connecticut..........................2 4 6
1. 8:15 CT Karyn Riviere (Niki Cross)
2. 12:45 CT Brittany Tegeler (Courtney Sands)
3. 47:59 CT Karyn Riviere (Elizabeth Eng)
4. 50:55 CT Meghan Schnur (Brittany Tegeler)
5. 60:26 CT Karyn Riviere (Brittany Tegeler)
6. 87:09 CT Maria Picard (Alexandra Zedros)
SAVES: Connecticut 2, DePaul 9
SHOTS: Connecticut 25, DePaul 7
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