Thursday, Oct. 19 at UCF (7 p.m.): Live Stats | 91.7 FM WHUS, whus.org |
Sunday Oct. 22 at USF (1 p.m.): Live Stats | 91.7 FM WHUS, whus.org |
The UConn women's soccer team heads down to Florida for its final road trip of the regular season. The Huskies battle No. 7 UCF on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in Orlando. Finishing up in Tampa on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. against USF. Both games can be heard on 91.7 FM WHUS or online at whus.org.
The Huskies (6-6-3, 4-2-0) have won four of their last five games and have an opportunity to clinch a spot in The American Championship on Thursday. A Huskies win/tie would lock up a bid to the six-team conference tournament. The Huskies presently sit in fifth place with 12 points and three conference matches remaining.
HUSKIES HEATING UP IN CONFERENCE
During their recent five-game stretch, the Huskies have scored 10 of their 21 goals. Freshman Yamilee Eveillard (Valley Stream, N.Y.) has scored three of those goals and chipped in an assist including a pair of goals against SMU to lift the Huskies to a 2-1 victory. The performance earned Eveillard American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week.
Sophomore Erin Spillane (River Vale, N.J.) provided a spark for the Huskies this week by scoring a goal and contributing a pair of assists to earn American Athletic Conference Player of the Week. The midfielder has started all six conference matches for the Huskies and totaled six points (2 goals, 2 assists).
Senior Courtney Hofer (Farmington, Conn.) has been a steady presence in goal since returning from injury at the start of conference play. The goalkeeper has totaled four wins, made 19 saves and recorded a shutout at Tulsa.
No. 7 UCF (10-1-1, 5-0-1) tops The American standings with 16 points and carry a gaudy resume into Thursday night's match. The Knights are riding an 11-match unbeaten streak and have scored 35 goals in 12 matches this season. Morgan Ferrara leads the way offensively with 11 goals and 24 points, which rank first and second respectively in the conference. Vera Varis starts in goal for the Knights with a conference-leading 0.23 goals against average, allowing just two goals this season.
UConn carries a three-game win streak against the Knights. All-time UConn leads the series 6-3.
USF (9-3-0, 5-1-0) enters this weekend on a four-match win streak and are in second place in The American. The Bulls are one point back of UCF with 15 points. Evelyne Viens ranks first in the conference with 25 points (9 goals, 7 assists) in 12 games. The Huskies are 7-6-2 all-time against the Bulls. UConn defeated USF 3-1 on the strength of a pair of Stephanie Ribeiro goals. Heidi Druehl notched two assists in the win.
The Huskies wrap up the regular season on Friday, October 27 at 7:05 p.m. against Temple at Morrone Stadium. UConn celebrates Senior Night and will honor its five seniors prior to the game.