DALLAS – The nationally ranked UConn women’s soccer team raked in the accolades on Monday as the American Athletic Conference announced its 2015 women’s soccer award winners. UConn took home four of seven honors and had at least one member named to all three all-conference teams.
Junior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) was deemed Co-Offensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Conference First Team for the second consecutive year. Hill currently leads the Huskies with 10 goals and three assists for a total 23 points, and stood atop the leader board all season. After being named the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, Hill was honored as Offensive Player of the Week after the season opener when she recorded five points (2g, 1a) in the 4-1 victory over Colgate at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
Junior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.) earned the title of Midfielder of the Year, tallying five goals, all game-winners, and six assists for UConn’s offense for a total of 16 points, the third most on the team. Her five game-winning goals left her tied with three others for the most in the conference. Ribeiro was also ranked fourth in the conference for assists and third in shots (70). Her contributions to UConn’s offense also landed her a spot on the All-Conference First Team.
Junior Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) was voted Goalkeeper of the Year, and was selected as the goalkeeper for the All-Conference First Team. Armstrong started in 17 matches for the Huskies and recorded 62 saves for a .838 save percentage and a 0.71 goals against average. Having only allowed 12 goals in 2015, Armstrong recorded a total of seven shutouts this season and helped the team to an undefeated 9-0 season at home. In strictly conference play, she only allowed four goals to earn a league best 0.50 goals against average versus conference opponents.
UConn stole the show after claiming its fourth conference award when head coach Len Tsantiris was honored as Coach of the Year. Coach Tsantiris celebrated his 35th year milestone as head coach of the UConn women’s soccer team this season, leading the Huskies to their first American Athletic Conference regular-season title. Tsantiris coached the UConn women to a 16-2 overall record and an 8-1 record in the American. This season’s 16-2 outcome moves his overall career record to 541-187-55 for an impressive .726 career winning percentage. Under his guidance, the team has been nationally ranked in the NSCAA poll every week since the start of the 2015 season, capping at a season best No. 11 this past week.
Three additional Huskies were recognized to all-conference teams including senior Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) who was selected to the All-Conference Second Team and freshmen Liane Keegans (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Kim Urbanek (Lonnerstadt, Germany) were chosen for the All-Rookie Team, with Urbanek honored as a unanimous selection.
The Huskies are set to take on East Carolina Tuesday, Nov. 3 in the American Athletic Conference semifinals at 2 p.m. at Westcott Field in Dallas, Texas.