STORRS, Conn. (Nov. 14) - The University of Connecticut women's soccer team, lead by junior Jennifer Sullivan's two goals, defeated Colgate by a score of 4-0 on Sunday afternoon at Morrone Stadium. With the win, the Huskies advance to the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament for the 18th time in school history. UConn is now 18-6-1 overall while Colgate fell to 14-6-1.
The first half was ticking away without a score until freshman Karyn Riviere (Guilford, Conn.) scored at 39:29 to put UConn up 1-0. Off a cross by senior forward Kristen Graczyk (Albuquerque, N.M.), Riviere shot the ball into the upper right corner of the net to give the Huskies a one-goal lead going into halftime. The goal was Riviere's fifth of the season, with Graczyk tallying her team-high 10th assist of the year. In the first 45 minutes, UConn out-shot Colgate 11-4.
The Connecticut offense came out attacking in the second half, and Jennifer Sullivan (Stonington, Conn.) quickly gave the Huskies a 2-0 lead at 46:50. From 29 yards out, Sullivan, who was bringing up the ball, stopped and blasted a shot over Raider keeper Luisa Miller for her first goal of the season.
Just over seven minutes later at the 54:00 mark, Sullivan fired the ball in for her second goal of the game to push the UConn lead to 3-0. Off a pass by junior defender Karlyn Miselis (Glastonbury, Conn.), Sullivan scored on another long shot, this time from 21 yards out. The assist was Miselis' third of the season.
Senior defender Zahra Jalalian (Auburn, Wash.) scored the fourth and final UConn goal of the game just 59 seconds later. Riviere shot the ball towards the net, and Jalalian deflected it over Miller to increase the score to 4-0, where it would remain final. The goal was Jalalian's second of the season, while Riviere collected her fourth helper.
In the second half, UConn registered nine shots to Colgate's three. For the game the Huskies had a 20-7 advantage in shots. Junior keeper Megan Jessee (Orefield, Pa.) stopped the lone Raider shot on goal for the shutout. Colgate had four corner kicks while allowing just one to the Huskies. The game marked the first time since Oct. 8 in which neither Graczyk nor Jessica Gjertsen (Stony Plain, Alberta) scored a goal in a UConn victory.
The University of Connecticut women's soccer team will next travel to South Bend, Ind., to face BIG EAST rival and No. 4 seed Notre Dame on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7:00 p.m. Just one week ago, the Huskies topped the Fighting Irish 2-1 at Morrone Stadium for the BIG EAST Championship title.
Connecticut 4, Colgate 0
Colgate 0 0 - 0
Connecticut 1 3 - 4
1st Half - UC Karyn Riviere (5) (Kristen Graczyk), 39:29.
2nd Half - UC Jennifer Sullivan (1) (Unassisted), 46:50; UC Jennifer Sullivan (2) (Karlyn Miselis), 54:00; UC Zahra Jalalian (2) (Karyn Riviere), 54:59.
Shots - UC 20, CU 7
Saves - UC Megan Jessee 1 (80:29), Melissa Hauser 0 (9:31); CU Luisa Miller 6 (80:29), Carly Sousa 0 (9:31).
Corner Kicks - UC 1, CU 4
Fouls - UC 9, CU 3
YC - CU Heather McSherry (47:29); UC Courtney Sands (84:52).