STORRS, Conn. – The No. 11 UConn women’s soccer team will face off against East Carolina in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 1:30 p.m. central time, 2:30 p.m. eastern at Westcott Field in Dallas, Texas.
The Huskies finished the 2015 regular season with an overall record of 16-2 and a conference record of 8-1, earning them the American Athletic Conference regular season championship title. UConn closed out its regular season slate with a 2-1 victory over SMU on senior day on October 25 at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
Senior Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) netted her fourth straight goal in the 6th minute against the Mustangs to take an early 1-0 lead. Senior Brianna Butler (Rock Tavern, N.Y.) recorded her first career goal in the 11th minute, which eventually became the game- winner after SMU notched a goal in the second half to make the final score 2-1.
Junior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) currently leads the team with 23 points (10g, 3a) followed by McGuire, who has 17 points (7g, 3a), and junior Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtucket, R.I.) with 16 (5g, 6a). Junior goaltender Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) has started in 17 matches for the Huskies for a 15-2 record in net, recording 62 saves for a .838 save percentage and a 0.71 goals against average.
East Carolina finished eighth in the conference regular season standing. The Pirates enter the quarterfinal match 8-9-2, going 3-5-1 in conference play. UConn hosted ECU earlier this season at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium and the Huskies pulled out a 3-0 win over the Pirates. Senior Andrea Plucenik notched a goal for UConn 90 seconds into the match to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead. Hill tacked another goal onto the score in the 24th minute to give the team a 2-0 lead going into the halftime break. Freshman Kim Urbanek sealed it with an insurance goal in the 85th minute to make it a 3-0 final.
The Pirates are currently led by Kendall Frey with 17 points (6g, 5a) followed by Lana Spitler with 16 points (6g, 4a) and Stephanie Seagrave with seven (3g, 1a).
UConn and East Carolina have met only 2 times in the past, a series that began just last season in 2014. The Huskies currently lead the all-time series 2-0 against the Pirates. UConn traveled to Greenville, N.C. for its first match-up with East Carolina in September of 2014 where Samantha McGuire netted the game-winning, overtime goal to give the Huskies the 2-1 win with 41 seconds to play in the first overtime period. The last time the two squared off was just over a couple weeks ago on October 8 of this season.
The winner of Tuesday’s match will advance to the conference semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. central time, 6 p.m. eastern where they will take on either Tulsa or Cincinnati, depending on who wins that quarterfinal match-up.
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