STORRS, Conn. – The No. 15 UConn women’s soccer team (13-2, 5-1) will close out the weekend on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. CT on the road against Tulsa (12-3-1, 3-2-1) at Hurricane Stadium.
The Huskies are coming off a 1-0 conference win against Memphis on Thursday. The two played to a 0-0 tie after the first half, and both teams stood equal with ten shots. Coming out of the break, Memphis came out controlling the offensive play in the second frame.
UConn registered just two shots in the second half, one of which was a goal from senior Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) in the 79th minute. That marked McGuire’s fourth goal and first game-winner of the season.
Senior Andrea Plucenik (Brooklyn, Conn.) recorded the assist on McGuire’s goal. In the match against the Tigers, McGuire and Plucenik made up the majority of UConn’s offense, together registering nine of the team’s 12 shots. Junior goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) tallied three crucial saves, one in the very last few minutes of regulation to keep the Huskies’ 1-0 lead alive.
Tulsa recorded its 12th win on Thursday in its 2-1 victory over Temple, after being down 1-0 to the Owls going into the half. Temple held a 1-0 lead against Tulsa for over 80 minutes, but back-to-back goals from Tulsa sophomore Rachel Thun put the Golden Hurricane on top.
Thun got the equalizer in the 85th minute off a free kick from 19 yards out then struck again less than two minutes later in the 87th minute, giving Tulsa a 2-1 lead and eliminating the possibility of overtime.
Thun currently leads the team with 21 points (7g, 7a) followed by sophomore Tana Dake and senior Madison Smith who are both tied at five points with two goals and one assist. Sophomore goalkeeper Courtney McKeon has played 920 minutes for the Golden Hurricane and fellow sophomore keeper Rebecca Defer has seen action for 540 minutes.
McKeon has played in ten games and recorded 42 saves for a .824 save percentage, a 0.88 goals against average, and a 6-3-1 record. Defer has played in six matches and has recorded 12 saves for a .923 percentage, a 0.17 goals against average and a 6-0 record in net.
UConn and Tulsa came together for the first time last season, where they faced off twice, once in the regular season and once in American Athletic Conference quarterfinals. The regular season match ended in a 2-2 draw after two overtime periods. UConn went into the half, trailing Tulsa 1-0, but goals from Hill and now sophomore Danielle Gottwik (New Port Richey, Fla.) gave the Huskies a 2-1 lead. Tulsa knocked one in the 79th minute to force a tie, and both overtimes remained scoreless.
The two came together again in the post season when UConn hosted Tulsa for the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals at Morrone Stadium on November 2, 2014. The match was tied up at 0-0 going into the second half. Hill netted one for UConn in the 55th minute, and that stood as the only goal, giving the Huskies a 1-0 victory and advancing them to the conference semifinals.
The Huskies return home for their two final regular season games starting with Houston on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. followed by senior day on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 12 p.m. against SMU.
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