STORRS, Conn. – After claiming the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championship title Sunday, the UConn women’s soccer team bumped up three spots in the NSCAA poll as announced by the organization Tuesday. The Huskies now occupy the No. 13 spot heading into the NCAA tournament.
UConn jumped from the No. 16 spot to the No. 13 spot after defeating SMU, 1-0, in the American Athletic Conference final on Sunday. Senior Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) scored the game-winning goal in the 40th minute to give UConn its second AAC title in three years.
The Huskies will make their 31st NCAA tournament appearance Saturday, Nov. 12 when they host Albany at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. This is the third consecutive season that UConn will host an NCAA first round match.
UConn enters Saturday’s match 18-2-1 overall after finishing the 2016 regular season 8-0-1 in conference play. The 2016 America East Champions, Albany is 11-7-1 overall this year and went 6-1-1 in conference matches.
UConn is one of three American Athletic Conference teams representing the league in the 2016 NCAA tournament. SMU and Memphis also made it to the big dance and are both receiving votes in this week’s NSCAA poll.