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UConn Hosts Tulsa In American Athletic Conference Quarterfinal On Sunday

Riley Houle and the Huskies begin postseason play on Sunday
Oct. 30, 2014

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STORRS, Conn. -- The UConn women's soccer team kicks off the postseason on Sunday at 12 p.m. when it begins play in the 2014 American Athletic Conference Championship. The fourth-seeded Huskies (11-4-4, 4-2-3 American) will play host to fifth-seed Tulsa (11-7-2, 4-4-1 American) in the league quarterfinals.

Connecticut has played in a conference tournament in each of the last 21 seasons, playing in the Big East tournaments from 1993-2012 before debuting in The American last season. UConn is 20-16-5 all-time in conference tournament play, including 11 trips to the conference final and league tournament titles in 2002 and 2004.

Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) leads UConn offensively with 14  goals and three assists for a team-high 31 points, second in The American. The sophomore All-America candidate has made five weekly conference honor rolls and is 13th nationally in goal-scoring. With her 14 goals she has eclipsed her 2013 out-put, doing so in two less matches. Hill has 27 career goals in 38 career appearances. You can help make Rachel a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist by voting for her in the Fan's Choice HERE.

Behind Hill, Riley Houle (Columbia, Conn.) has totaled 16 points off of six goals and four assists, while three-time league Rookie of the Week Danielle Gottwik (New Port Richey, Fla.) and Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) both have scored five goals. Julie Hubbard (Waverly, Pa.) is the fifth Husky with double-digit points, thanks to three goals and four assists.

Defensively, keepers Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) and Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.) have split time in goal and combined to post a 1.05 GAA and .769 save percentage. Central defenders Gabrielle Charno (Seaford, N.Y.), Toriana Patterson (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and Sabrina Toole (Westport, Conn.) along with holding midfielder Brianna Butler (Rock Tavern, N.Y.) have been stellar in front of their netminders, pushing UConn to seven shutouts this season. That mark is the most since UConn recorded nine clean sheets in 2010. Also integral in the Husky defense are fullbacks Megan Hunsberger (Bethlehem, Pa.), Breanne Moreau (Belchertown, Mass.) and Gianna Roma (Foxboro, Mass.).

UConn and Tulsa met for the first time earlier this season, a 2-2 draw on Oct. 5 in Storrs. Gottwik and Hill provided the scoring for the Huskies and McGuire fired 10 shots in the tie.

UConn closed the regular season in style last Sunday, scoring twice in the first 10 minutes of a 3-0 dismantling at Temple. Lindsey Watkins (Litchfield, Conn.) got the scoring started 41 seconds into the match with her first career goal in her second start of the year. Hill tacked on another goal in the seventh minute, giving UConn a comfortable lead to play in front of the rest of the match. Houle iced the victory with a long-range strike in the 84th minute. Saucier and Armstrong each made one save in their respective halves in goal, combining to record the Huskies’ seventh shutout of the season.

The Golden Hurricane visit Storrs as the No. 5 seed in the conference tournament, finishing fifth in the league with a 4-4-1 record along with an 11-7-2 mark overall. Rachel Thun is the top scorer with an 8-7-23 line, coming in at fourth in The American in points and sixth in goals. Christina Holmes leads the team with nine goals, tied for fourth in the league, and is sixth in the conference with 19 points. Behind that high-scoring duo, Lauren King has compiled a 4-4-12 ledger and Roman Edwards is econd on the squad with five assists. Courtney McKeon has seen the bulk of work in goal, playing in 16 matches and compiling a 1.32 GAA with a .703 save percentage and four shutouts.

The Last Meeting
October 5, 2014
Storrs, Conn. - Joseph J. Morrone Stadium
UConn Battles Tulsa To 2-2 Draw
The UConn women's soccer team battled Tulsa to a 2-2 draw on Sunday afternoon at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The tie pushed the Huskies to 8-3-3 on the year and 1-1-2 in American Athletic Conference play, while Tulsa moved to 7-5-2 and 1-2-1 in league action.