KANSAS CITY - Four members of the UConn women's soccer team have earned NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Region honors, the NSCAA announced on Dec. 3. Headlining UConn on the Division I Women's All-Northeast Region team are First Team members Rachel Hill and Riley Houle, while Gabrielle Charno earned a Second Team nod and Samantha McGuire picked up a spot on the Third Team.
The regional laurels come after a 2014 campaign that saw the Huskies go 14-5-5, winning the American Athletic Conference Championship before advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. UConn is the most represented program from The American on the All-Northeast Region teams, and is tied with Georgetown for second-most honorees among any school behind only DePaul (five). Connecticut is also one of four schools (UCF, Georgetown and St. John's) with multiple First Team members.
For Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.), the First Team All-Region nod is one several awards the sophomore standout has received this season. The American Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Tournament Most Outsanding Offensive Player and First Team All-Conference member finished atop the league leaders with 16 goals and 35 points. She also led the Huskies with 40 shots on goal and a league-best five game-winning goals. In 43 career games, the star striker has scored 29 goals.
Houle (Columbia, Conn.) was named to The American's All-Conference First Team prior to her First Team All-Region laurel. The senior midfielder, who also earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team at The American Championship, finished second on the Huskies this season with six goals and 17 points. She also led the squad with five assists and was one of five players to see time in all 24 contests, starting 22.
Yet another All-Conference First Team member, Charno (Seaford, N.Y.) picks up a Second Team All-Region nod after anchoring a UConn back-line that was dominant defensively down the stretch for the Huskies. The senior center back started all but one game and led the Huskies with 2,111 minutes played, one of three Huskies to eclipse 2,000 minutes on the year. With Charno in the back UConn held opponents to less than one goal per game, holding a team GAA of 0.87 on the year. The Huskies also recorded 11 shutouts, including six in a row in a stretch late in the season that included all three games of The American Championship and the NCAA Tournament first round.
Rounding out the All-Region awards is a Third Team spot for McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.), who also played in every contest for UConn with 22 starts. In 2,099 minutes played, mostly from the defensive midfield, the junior recorded a 6-3-15 scoring line to place fourth on the squad in points. She also scored three game-winning goals and was integral to UConn's defensive success from her holding midfielder position.