UConn Women’s Soccer hosted the CCSU Blue Devils on Sunday afternoon at Morrone Stadium in Storrs, CT and came away with a 2-1 win thanks to goals by seniors Rachel Hill and Stephanie Ribeiro.
The Huskies got on the board early when Ribeiro played a through ball to Hill, who used her speed to get to it and then buried a shot past CCSU keeper Ashley Cavanaugh into the lower left corner of the goal in the sixth minute.
UConn had plenty of chances to add to their lead in the first half as they out-shot the Blue Devils 11-1. But they failed to get another one in.
Ribeiro put a few shots just wide while Danielle Gottwick, Rachel Hill, and Maddie Damm all saw shots saved by Cavanaugh. Damm also had two shots blocked by CCSU defenders.
Luckily, it took about eight minutes in the second half for Ribeiro to find the net. Toriana Patterson played a great ball up the left wing to Tanya Altrui, who sent a cross to the middle of the penalty box over new CCSU keeper Nicki Turley. From there, a streaking Ribeiro finished it off with her right foot to put the Huskies out in front 2-0.
UConn didn't let up with the pressure despite holding the lead. Reagan Schiappa and Tanya Altrui had shots that just missed the goal in the 56th and 59th minute, respectively.
Turley did her best to keep the Blue Devils in the game, making a number of outstanding saves on Kim Urbanek and Hill. Damm also had great opportunities in the 79th and 82nd minutes but both shots were saved by the CCSU keeper.
With a good portion of UConn’s starters on the bench, Central finally got on the board in the 84th minute when Charlotte Maurer beat Huskies goalie Emily Armstrong with a shot in the upper left corner.
It was a little too late, though, for the Blue Devils as they could not mount any real attacks to try and get the equalizer.
UConn would finish the game outshooting CCSU 24-3 with 11 of those shots on the frame.
With No. 1 Florida State looming on Thursday night in Tallahassee, FL, the Huskies are going to need to finish their shots to steal a win from the Seminoles.