In the first round of the American Conference Tournament, the UConn Huskies women’s soccer team fell to the Memphis Tigers, 3-1.
From the start, the Huskies struggled to possess the ball which allowed Memphis to keep attacking UConn’s backline. They could only hold so long before breaking in the 10th minute when Mikayla Morton volleyed a cross in to give Memphis a 1-0 lead.
However, the defense firmed up and kept the Huskies in the game. Offensively, Alexa Casimiro and Liane Keegans had a pair of chances off corners but couldn’t find the back of the net before the half.
While Sabrina Toole nearly tied it out of the break, things quickly fell apart for UConn in the second half. Just nine minutes into the second half, the Tigers scored off a corner kick before coming back with another goal less than a minute later off a penalty kick to stretch the lead to 3-0.
Vivien Beil would get the Huskies on the board in the 77th minute off a free kick from 30 yards out, but it would be too little, too late.
The loss all but ends UConn’s season. With just a 7-9-3 record, they wouldn’t be participating in the NCAA Tournament without winning the conference tourney. While it’s certainly a disappointing ending, its not unexpected after an elite senior class last season.
This year’s seniors have played their last game in a UConn uniform. Over their four years, the group won 59 games total, including four conference championships and four NCAA Tournament victories.
The future is certainly bright for the Huskies as they return their top three goal scorers and entire backline. With an extra year of maturity and experience, they’ll be in good shape to return to the top of the American Conference and NCAA Tournament next season.