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Huskies Host SMU on Senior Day

UConn will honor ten senior members of the women's soccer family prior to Sunday's match.
Oct. 23, 2015

STORRS, Conn. - The No. 11 UConn women's soccer team (15-2, 7-1) will host SMU (5-9-3, 2-5-1) on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 12 p.m. for its senior game. The Huskies will honor ten senior members of the UConn women's soccer family in a pre-game ceremony on Sunday.

The Huskies are currently on a seven-game winning streak, coming off a 1-0 win against Houston on Thursday. Senior Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) scored her third game-winning goal in a row in the 89th minute to break the scoreless drought and give UConn the 1-0 victory in the very last minute of the game.

Freshman Heidi Druehl (Stamford, Conn.) notched her first career point for UConn in Thursday's match, after recording the assist on McGuire's goal. Druehl teed up a free kick after a foul was called on Houston and McGuire headed it into the back of the net on the far post.

Junior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) currently leads the team with 23 points (10g, 3a), followed by junior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.) with 16 points (5g, 6a) and McGuire with 15 (6g, 3a). Junior goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) has started in every match for the Huskies, registering 62 saves for a 0.71 goals against average and seven shutouts.

SMU has lost its last three match-ups, most recently in a 3-2 upset against Temple. Leading scorer, redshirt freshman, Vanessa Valadez scored first for the Mustangs in the 20th minute. Temple countered in the 38th minute to tie the game up at 1-1. SMU was awarded a penalty kick in the last minute of the first half, and sophomore Claire Oates capitalized for the Mustangs, giving the team a 2-1 lead going into the break.



SMU held a 2-1 lead with less than five minutes on the clock, but Temple was awarded two penalty kicks due to a series of SMU yellow and red cards. Three out of the five goals that game were scored off of penalty kicks, including Temple's last two goals in the last five minutes of the match, which won them the game.

Valadez currently leads the team with 20 points (8g, 4a) followed by junior Paige Jacobs with 13 points (5g, 3a) and Oates with 9 (4g, 1a). Senior goalkeeper Shannon Moroney has played over 1300 minutes in net for the Mustangs, registering 53 saves for a 1.36 goals against average and a .726 save percentage.

UConn leads the all-time series against SMU 3-0. The two met up last season on SMU's home turf, when the Huskies walked away with a 3-1 victory on October 12, 2014.