Oct. 28, 2013
STORRS, Conn - UConn women's soccer has earned the fourth seed in the inaugural American conference tournament, as announced by the conference following the conclusion of regular season play on Sunday afternoon. The Huskies will host the league's fifth seed, USF, in a quarterfinal game to be played on Sunday, November 3rd at Morrone Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 1pm. The winner of Sunday afternoon's matchup will advance to the American conference semifinals to be held on the campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.
Tickets for Sunday's contest may be purchased prior to the game or at the door. To order in advance, please contact the University of Connecticut Ticket Operations Office at (860) 486-2724. All seating will be general admission with prices set as follows: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors (62+), youths (18 and under) and students. Groups of 20 people or larger are eligible to purchase discounted tickets at $2 each but must contact the ticket office before game day to secure this rate.
For those unable to attend, live stats for the contest will be available by following this link. To listen to the game, WHUS will provide radio coverage by tuning into 91.7FM or streaming over the internet at www.whus.org.
About the Matchup:
UConn enters the game having earned the final home quarterfinal game as the fourth place team in the American Athletic Conference. The Huskies defeated Rutgers, 2-1, in their penultimate conference game before falling to Memphis in their final regular season showing on the road.
Like the Huskies, USF closed out its regular season with a two-game road set last week. The Bulls played to a 2-2 (2OT) draw at SMU and finished with a decisive 6-3 victory over Houston, who will play a first round game against Memphis on Friday, November 1st at Louisville in the hopes of advancing in the American tournament.
USF claimed the lone regular season meeting in a 3-2 double overtime triumph over UConn on October 6th. Cristin Granados recorded the game-winning goal for USF while Sharla Passariello played a role in all three of the Bulls' goals that afternoon. Julie Hubbard and Stephanie Ribeiro recorded the two Husky scores in the loss. Ribeiro's tally against the Bulls in Florida jumpstarted a hot streak in which she rattled off thirteen points in a five game span on five goals and three assists.
The Huskies and Bulls have played nine times since 2005. UConn owns the better record, going 5-3-1 against USF over that span. The Bulls have claimed the last two contests between the schools, including the October 6th victory and a 1-0 win in 2012 that snapped a two game drought against the University of Connecticut dating back to 2010. The Bulls' three goals scored on October 6th was their highest single-game total against Connecticut in program history. The teams have required overtime in three of the meetings, evenly splitting those games with one win, one loss, and one tie each. Sunday's match will be the first time USF and UConn have met in postseason play.
An integral part of this UConn offense has been freshman phenom Rachel Hill. The Rollinsford, N.H. native has started all of the Huskies' 19 games this season, racking up 12 goals and five helpers for 29 points. She wrapped up the regular season tied with Louisville's Charlyn Corral for the most goals in conference games (six goals in eight league games).
Coming on strong in latter half of the season has been sophomore forward Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.). Ribeiro has generated all of her 15 points after the midpoint of the season. Over the course of the last eleven games she has tallied she has been one of UConn's more dangerous offensive threats both in transition and on corner kicks. Two of her three game-winners have proven timely, lifting the Huskies to crucial conference wins over Temple and Cincinnati. Riley Houle (Columbia, Conn.) has added spark to the UConn offense off the bench, chipping in 13 points on four goals and five assists.
Defending the UConn cage this season has been Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) who has helped the squad to seven total shutouts this season. Armstrong recorded a career-high seven saves against Louisville on October 20thand has made five saves in each of Connecticut's last two games.
The Huskies have played 13 home contests this season, accumulating a 9-4 record in the friendly confines of Morrone Stadium.
About the Bulls:
Since hosting the Huskies on October 6th USF has gone 2-2-2 through the meat of their conference schedule, dropping decisions to Cincinnati and Louisville and tying Rutgers and SMU. Olivia Chance and Sharla Passariello lead the squad with nineteen points apiece, while Passariello generates a quarter of the entire team's shot output with 75 attempts at goal. Demi Stokes comes in a close third to Chance and Passariello with seventeen points of her own.
Christiane Endler has played 17 of 18 games for the Bulls, compiling a .783 save percentage and an 8-4-5 record. USF boasts a tough defense, limiting opponents to 20 goals against this season. Their 1.03 goals against average is good enough to earn second in the conference behind only the number one seed in UCF.