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No. 19 UConn Closes out Regular Season with Cincinnati, ECU

Oct. 26, 2016

Game Info

UConn at Cincinnati

UConn at East Carolina

Date & Time

Thursday, Oct. 27 | 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 30 | 12 p.m.

Venue

Gettler Stadium

Johnson Stadium

Location

Cincinnati, Ohio

Greenville, N.C.

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Video

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STORRS, Conn. – The No. 19 UConn women’s soccer team will close out its 2016 regular season schedule with two road games, beginning at Cincinnati on Thursday, Oct. 27 followed by East Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 30.

The Huskies, who are riding a four-game win streak and a ten-game unbeaten streak, currently hold a 14-2-1 overall record with a near-perfect 6-0-1 conference showing, which puts them atop of the American Athletic Conference standings. UConn has not recorded a loss since Sept. 8 against Florida State.

UCONN LEADERS
1. Stephanie Ribeiro – 43 points (16g, 11a)
2. Rachel Hill – 29 points (12g, 5a)
3. Maddie Damm – 4 points (1g, 2a)

Senior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.) scored her 16th goal of the year, her ninth game-winner, in the 1-0 defeat of Temple on the road Saturday. Ribeiro currently leads the nation in three statistical categories, including total points (43), total goals (16) and game-winning goals (9).

UConn posted its eighth shutout of the season against the Owls Saturday behind senior goalkeeper Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.), who has started in all 17 matches and earned all eight shutouts. The UConn defense has only allowed one goal in its last five contests.

SCOUTING THE BEARCATS
Record: 10-4-3, 3-2-2 AAC
The Series: 4-3-2, UConn leads
Last Time Out: Nov. 5, 2015 | Dallas, Texas | UConn loses 3-2 (OT)

Cincinnati is on a four-game unbeaten streak, going 2-0-2 in its last four match-ups. Most recently, the Bearcats went 1-0-1 against the Florida foes, defeating UCF 2-0 and playing USF to 2-2 draw. Junior Vanessa Gilles scored two out of four Cincinnati goals this past weekend, earning a tally against both the Knights and the Bulls.

CINCINNATI LEADERS
1. Julie Gavorski – 17 points (8g, 1a)
2. Vanessa Gilles – 10 points (5g)
3. Katie Couperus – 7 points (3g, 1a)

In their last match against USF, the Bearcats trailed the Bulls 2-1 until the very last minute of the game when Cincinnati’s Jaycie Brown scored with 51 seconds on the clock to send the game into overtime.

UConn and Cincinnati met on two occasions last season. The Huskies pulled out a 1-0 win over the Bearcats at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium in the 2015 regular season, but Cincinnati knocked UConn out in the American Athletic Conference Semifinals 3-2 in overtime despite UConn having a 2-0 lead at half.

SCOUTING THE PIRATES
Record: 4-11-1, 0-6-1 AAC
The Series: 3-0-0, UConn leads
Last Time Out: Nov. 3, 2015 | Dallas, Texas | UConn wins 3-1

East Carolina’s last three matches have all ended in overtime, with two losses and a tie. The Pirates, who are still searching for their first conference win, recorded two overtime losses on the road against UCF and USF. ECU briefly led the Bulls 1-0 before USF tied things up in the first half. USF scored 7:26 into overtime to claim the 2-1 victory. 

ECU LEADERS
1. Lana Spitler – 16 points (6g, 4a)
2. Courtney Cash – 13 points (5g, 3a)
3. Autumn Berry – 5 points (1g, 3a)

Most recently, the Pirates suffered a 3-2 overtime loss to UCF down in Orlando. ECU again led the Knights 1-0 in the first half, but UCF scored two goals in less than 30 seconds to take a 2-1 lead 9:31 into the second half. ECU sent the game into overtime with the equalizer in the 66th minute but UCF nabbed the game-winner in the 101st minute.

The Huskies and the Pirates also met on two separate occasions in 2015. UConn walked away with a 3-0 victory at home during the regular season and a 3-1 decision to advance past ECU in the AAC Quarterfinals in Dallas.

UP NEXT…

If the Huskies win out against Cincinnati and East Carolina, then they will host the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championship tournament in Storrs. They currently hold the No. 1 spot in the standings with a 6-0-1 record, with Memphis just behind at 6-1.


 

 

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