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Huskies Head To Tampa For American Semifinals

Julie Hubbard scored the game-winning goal for UConn the last time it met UCF
Nov. 5, 2014

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TAMPA, Fla. -- After a quarterfinal victory over Tulsa on Sunday, the four-seed UConn women's soccer team (12-4-4) heads to Tampa for the American Athletic Conference Championship Semifinals against top-seed UCF (16-3-0). Kick-off from South Florida's Corbett Soccer Stadium on Friday night is set for 5 p.m.

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 21-16-5 all-time in conference tournament play, including 11 trips to the conference final and league tournament titles in 2002 and 2004.

UConn and No. 19 UCF met for the sixth-time in their respective histories earlier this season, a 1-0 victory for the Huskies on Oct. 19. Julie Hubbard (Waverly, Pa.) provided the offense for the Huskies, scoring her third goal of the year on her Senior Day. The shutout for UConn sparked a run of three consecutive clean sheets, as the Huskies have now not allowed a goal in over 300 minutes of game action.

Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) leads UConn offensively with a league-best 15 goals and three assists for a team-high 33 points, tied for most in The American. The sophomore All-America candidate has made five weekly conference honor rolls and is tied for 14th nationally in goal-scoring. Hill has 28 career goals in 39 career appearances. Behind Hill, Riley Houle (Columbia, Conn.) holds a 6-4-16 scoring line, and Danielle Gottwik (New Port Richey, Fla.) and Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.) have each scored five goals.

Defensively, Emily Armstrong (Collegeville, Pa.) and Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.) have split goaltending duty and combined to record eight shutouts this year, most for UConn in a season since 2010. The duo has combined to post a 1.00 GAA and a .772 save percentage. UConn's success defensively of late, leading to the aformentiond three consecutive shutouts, has been due in part to a revamped back line of center backs Gabrielle Charno (Seaford, N.Y.) and Toriana Patterson (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) along with outside backs Megan Hunsberger (Bethlehem, Pa.) and Gianna Roma (Foxboro, Mass.). Those four, in addition to holding midfielders Brianna Butler (Rock Tavern, N.Y.) and McGuire, have allowed UConn to dominate possession and limit chances for its opponents.

UConn topped fifth-seeded Tulsa on Nov. 2 at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium, picking up a 1-0 victory in quarterfinal action. The Huskies held a dominant 23-4 advantage in shots in the match, including a 12-1 edge in shots on goal.  Hill provided the lone marker for Connecticut, striking off a Houle assist in the 55th minute.

UCF advanced to the semifinals of The American after a dominating 4-0 victory over SMU in quarterfinal action in Orlando. The win moved the Knights to 16-3 on the season, after UCF won the conference regular season title with an 8-1 mark in league action. UCF is currently ranked No. 19 in the NSCAA national poll. Tatiana Coleman leads the Knights in scoring with a 12-9-33 ledger, tied with Hill for most points in The American. Ashley Spivey holds an 8-5-21 scoring line and Jennifer Martin has recorded a 5-8-18 mark to power UCF behind Coleman. In goal, Connie Organ has been masterful in helping the Knights record 13 shutouts in 19 matches, posting a 0.42 GAA and an .840 save percentage on the year.

Should UConn advance, the championship game will be held on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. on ESPNU. The winner of UConn/UCF will meet the victor of No. 3 USF and No. 7 East Carolina, who play on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The Last Meeting
October 19, 2014
Storrs, Conn. - Joseph J. Morrone Stadium
Seniors Shine In 1-0 Upset Over No. 18 UCF On Senior Day
On Senior Day in Storrs, senior Julie Hubbard blasted home a 25-yard goal in the 66th minute to lead the UConn women's soccer team to a 1-0 upset over No. 18 UCF on Sunday afternoon at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The win pushed the Huskies to 10-4-4 on the season (3-2-3 American), while the loss snapped the Knights' 10-game winning streak and 25-game unbeaten streak in conference play to drop them to 13-2-0 (6-1-0 American) in 2014.