The UConn women's soccer team has been on a warpath this season. Finishing the regular season 16-2 overall and 8-1 in the American Athletic Conference, the Huskies earned the regular season title in the American and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.
Looking to defend its tournament championship from last season, the Huskies—ranked No. 10 in the NSCAA Coaches' Poll—got one step closer Tuesday afternoon. A dominant second half saw UConn past East Carolina 3-1 in the conference quarterfinals in Dallas.
Thursday night, the Huskies will look to clinch a spot in the championship game when they take on Cincinnati. The Bearcats (12-5-4, 5-3-1) gave UConn as tough a fight as anyone in Storrs earlier this season. Thanks to an opportunistic goal off an interception by Andrea Plucenik, the Huskies snuck past Cincinnati 1-0, en route to a perfect season at home.
The winner of Thursday's match, the first of two semifinals in Dallas, will meet the winner of the second semifinal between No. 25 USF and UCF. That match will kickoff shortly after the conclusion of the UConn game, which kicks off at 6 p.m..
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Here are a couple of notes on the game.
- UConn features several American Athletic Conference award winners: Rachel Hill (Co-Offensive Player of the Year), Stephanie Ribeiro (Midfielder of the Year), Emily Armstrong (Goalkeeper of the Year), Samantha McGuire (second-team all-conference), Kim Urbanek (all-rookie team) and Liane Keegans (all-rookie team).
- Head coach Len Tsantiris, who is in his 35th season as UConn coach, was named the conference's Coach of the Year.
- Only Temple (41) has scored more goals than UConn (36) among teams in the American. Rachel Hill is tied for the conference lead with 12 goals.
- Cincinnati is sixth in the conference at 29 goals. The Bearcats will face a UConn lineup that features two freshman defenders, but is second in the conference with only 14 goals allowed.
- UConn's young defense will have to be ready for a lot of high pressure from Cincinnati. The Bearcats were caught offsides 61 times and took 127 corner kicks, both higher than any other team in the American. For comparison, UConn was caught offsides 21 times and took 93 corner kicks.