STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s soccer team placed four players on the 2016 NEWISA All-New England First Team, as voted by the division one coaches in the region. Seniors Emily Armstrong, Rachel Hill, Toriana Patterson and Stephanie Ribeiro were selected to the 11-member First Team. Hill tied for the most overall votes and Patterson received the most votes for a defender.
Ribeiro continues to add to her list of accolades in 2016 after putting together one of the most impressive seasons in UConn history. The 2016 American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year compiled 56 points, including 21 goals and 14 assists, leading both the team and the nation. The Pawtucket, R.I. native climbed her way into the UConn record book after joining “The 100 Point Club”, becoming just the 11th student-athlete in program history to reach the 100 career point milestone.
The 2016 American Athletic Conference Midfielder of the Year and two-time MAC Hermann semifinalist, Hill closed out her four-year career as one of the most decorated players in UConn history. After eclipsing the 100-point milestone as a junior, Hill spent her senior season working her way up the record book. Her 38 points this season marked a career-high for Hill, earning her a spot on the All-America Second Team. She tied her career-best 16 goals for a third-straight season this year, but added a personal best six assists to finish with 38 combined points.
Patterson was a staple in the UConn defense, aiding the Huskies to 11 shutouts this season. She earned the title of Co-Defensive Player of the Year and claimed First Team All-Conference honors for the first time in her career. Starting in all 23 matches for UConn, Patterson won Most Outstanding Defensive Player in The American Conference Championships, helping the Huskies record shutouts in both the semifinal and championship matches.
The Yorktown Heights, N.Y. native was named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week after helping UConn to back-to-back shutouts in 200 minutes of play on the road at SMU and Houston. Following that performance, Patterson scored her first career goal for the Huskies, the game-winning goal, on Oct. 13 in the 3-0 shutout against UCF.
Starting in all 23 matches, Armstrong played all 2090 minutes in net for the Huskies this season, recording 93 saves for a .823 save percentage and a 0.86 goals against average. Armstrong anchored the back line of the UConn defense and pitched a career-best 11 solo shutouts this season, finishing second in the program record book for all-time career shutouts, with 27.3. Of those 11 shutouts, two came during the conference tournament, where Armstrong shutout USF and SMU to help UConn claim the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championship title, the teams’ second title in three years.
The Collegeville, Pa. native was chosen as the 2016 Goalkeeper of the Year for the second consecutive season and recognized on the All-Conference First Team. She also was named a First Team Academic All-American with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
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