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STORRS, Conn. -- The UConn women's soccer team (9-4-4, 2-2-3 American) hosts Central Florida (13-2-0, 6-0-0 American) on Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m. in its regular season home finale. The Knights, ranked No. 18 in the nation, are the third ranked opponent UConn has faced this season and the second at home. Previously, UConn fell at No. 8 Penn State and to No. 5 Florida State at home.
Prior to Sunday’s match, UConn will honor its five-member senior class, playing in their last games at Morrone Stadium. Gabrielle Charno (Seaford, N.Y.), Riley Houle (Columbia, Conn.), Julie Hubbard (Waverly, Pa.), Gianna Roma (Foxboro, Mass.) and Lindsey Watkins (Litchfield, Conn.) have combined to play in 255 games and total 65 points during their time at Connecticut. The group of five are each All-Academic Team performers as well.
UConn and UCF have met five times in the past, with this season marking their second meeting as conference-mates. The first installment of the series came in 1982, an NCAA Tournament game at Morrone Stadiun won by the Huskies. Other match-ups prior to last season came in 1983 in a tournament at Cortland State, 1988 in a tournament at George Mason and 1994 in a tournament at UMass.
LAST TIME OUT
UConn fell, 2-0, on Friday afternoon in a rescheduled contest against South Florida in Storrs. The Bulls scored twice in the first half hour to build an early lead and would not relent despite intense Husky pressure late. UConn held a 14-11 advantage in shots on the day, including a 7-5 edge in shots on goal. In the second half, UConn out-shot USF by an 8-3 margin and allowed only one shot on goal, which came in the final seconds of regulation. Hubbard and Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) led the offensive charge for UConn with five and four shots, respectively, each putting two on target.
UCF visits Morrone Stadium ranked in the top-20 nationally thanks to a 13-2-0 record, including a perfect 6-0-0 mark in American Athletic Conference play. The Knights have out-scored opponents 34-7 on the season, recording 10 shutouts along the way. After a 3-2-0 start, UCF has won its last 10 contests and holds a 29-2 scoring margin in that span. Offensively the Knights are led by Tatiana Coleman, who is second behind Hill in goals (9) and points (26) in The American leaders. Jennifer Martin (5-7-17) and Ashley Spivey (5-5-15) add offensive punch for the Knights, while Hannah DeBose is tied for third on the squad with five assists. In goal, Connie Organ has started every game and leads The American in nearly every goaltending category, including GAA (.047) and shutouts (nine), also holding an .811 save percentage.
A LOOK AHEAD
UConn concludes the regular season on Sunday, Oct. 26 when it travels to Temple to take on the Owls. The Huskies defeated TU in the first ever meeting last season, a 3-1 victory in Storrs.
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