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UConn Concludes Regular Season At Temple On Sunday

Pennsylvania-native Megan Hunsberger recorded her second assist of the season last week
Oct. 24, 2014

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AMBLER, Pa. -- The UConn women's soccer team (10-4-4, 3-2-3 American) concludes the regular season on Sunday afternoon with a trip to Ambler, Pa. to take on the Temple Owls (11-6-1, 3-4-1 American). The conference match will determine where the Huskies finish in seeding for the upcoming American Athletic Conference Championship, with UConn currently in a four-way tie for third in the league standings. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m.

UConn is coming off a dramatic 1-0 victory over No. 18 UCF in its last game, a Senior Day victory in Storrs. Senior Julie Hubbard (Waverly, Pa.) scored the game-winner for UConn, earning a spot on The American's weekly honor roll for her efforts. The goal was the third of the season for Hubbard, who also has four assists to total 10 points.

Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) leads UConn offensively with 13  goals and two assists for a team-high 28 points, tops in The American. The sophomore All-America candidate has made five weekly conference honor rolls and is ninth nationally in goal-scoring. With her 13 goals she has matched her 2013 out-put, doing so in three less matches. Hill has 26 career goals in 37 career appearances.

Hill and freshman Danielle Gottwik (New Port Richey, Fla.) were both recently honored by in the site’s midseason award lists. Hill was tabbed as the No. 38 player in the country in the TopDrawer Midseason 100, while Gottwik, who is second on the team with a 5-4-14 scoring line, came in at No. 87 on the Freshman 100 list.

The Huskies and Owls met for the first time last season, a 3-1 victory for Connecticut at Morrone Stadium. Hubbard, Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.) and Jennifer Skogerboe scored to give the Huskies a three-goal lead before a late Owl tally.

UConn picked up its signature win of the season on Oct. 19, downing No. 18 UCF by a score of 1-0 on Senior Day in Storrs. It was the Huskies first victory in three attempts against a ranked foe this season, and first triumph against a top-25 club since a 2011 win at No. 15 Wake Forest. Each of Connecticut’s five seniors honored before the game got the start and played a key role in the victory. None was bigger than Hubbard, who rocketed home a game-winning goal from 25 yards out in the 66th minute. The victory of UConn snapped Central Florida’s 10-game winning streak and 25-game unbeaten run in conference play, dating back two seasons.

The Owls host UConn at Ambler Soccer Field with an 11-6-1 record on the season, including a 3-4-1 mark in conference play to slot in two points behind the Huskies in the league standings. After winning their first seven contests of the season, the Owls have stumbled to a 4-6-1 mark over their last 11 matches. Kelly Farrell leads the Temple offense with an 8-2-18 scoring line, scoring a trio of game-winning goals as well. Kayla Cunningham is second on the team with four goals and nine points, firing a Owl-best 48 shots. Alyssa Kirk (3-3-9) and Gina Ditaranto (4-0-8) also provide some scoring punch, and Shannon Senour leads the team with four assists. In goal, Shauni Kerkhoff has seen the bulk of the action and holds an 0.98 GAA with a .798 save percentage and six shutouts.

After concluding the regular season on Sunday, UConn will play in the 2014 American Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Championship. Tournament play begins with first round action on Oct. 31 before the quarterfinals at campus sites on Nov. 2.