STORRS, Conn. (October 19, 2006) — In search of its fifth consecutive shutout, the University of Connecticut women’s soccer team puts the finishing touches on the 2006 regular season with a trip to West Virginia Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. followed by a Sunday afternoon matchup at Pittsburgh beginning at 1:00 p.m.
UConn (8-7-2, 5-3-1 BIG EAST) enters the weekend coming off two impressive performances in its last two outings. The Huskies snapped top-ranked Notre Dame’s 20-game winning streak as the two teams battled to a scoreless tie last Friday night at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The draw marked the last time anyone had held the Fighting Irish scoreless since October 24, 2004.
The Huskies wrapped up the weekend with a dominating performance on Senior Day en route to a 6-0 blanking of DePaul. Junior Karyn Riviere (Guilford, Conn.) notched her first career multi-goal game as she netted three goals for the Huskies first hat trick since Jessica Gjertsen accomplished the feat against Central Connecticut during the 2003 season. Husky keeper Stephanie Labbe (Stony Plain, Alberta) was selected as the BIG EAST goalkeeper of the week following her efforts on the field. She enters Friday’s game against the Mountaineers having not allowed a goal in her last 274:46 minutes of play. Sophomore Brittany Taylor (Campbell Hall, N.Y.) was brilliant on defense in both games and picked up an assist Sunday as she was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll. Her selection marks the second consecutive week the Huskies have had a member on the Honor Roll. Two weeks prior, Labbe and Brittany Tegeler (Baldwin, Md.) were named to the list following shutouts of St. John’s and Syracuse.
Taylor enters the weekend leading the team with 16 points and seven goals while Meghan Schnur (Butler, Pa.) is close behind with 14 points on a career-high six goals while adding two assists. Tegeler, who picked up a pair of assists in Sunday’s win against DePaul, owns the team lead with six helpers.
Having already clinched a berth in the BIG EAST Championships, the Huskies look to improve their seeding Friday night against American Division leader and sixth-ranked West Virginia. The Mountaineers reside atop the division with a total of 22 points while the Huskies remain tied for second with 16 points. West Virginia enters the weekend coming off wins over Villanova and Georgetown, posting shutouts in both contests. In fact, the Mountaineers haven’t surrendered a goal in their last five games.
UConn boasts a 9-2-0 overall record in the all-time series that dates back to the 1996 season. The Huskies have won the last two meetings between the two schools, and have never lost when playing at West Virginia. Sophomore Deana Everrett leads the Mountaineers and the BIG EAST in both points (38) and goals (16). Everett is also second on the team with six assists.
When the Huskies take on Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon, UConn will be looking to improve on its perfect 7-0-0 all-time record against the Panthers. Even more impressive then the unblemished record, the Huskies have not allowed a Pittsburgh goal in the all-time series that dates back to the 1997 campaign, outscoring the Panthers 23-0 while averaging 3.39 goals per game during the stretch.
Senior midfielder Corina Sebesta paces the Panther offense with 13 points on five goals and three assists in 16 games played. Sophomore Jennifer Kritch owns a team-leading five assists and is tied for second with 11 points.