Sunday afternoon, UConn wrapped up their trip south against the directional Florida schools with a game against USF. Looking to pick up a win after Thursday’s loss in hopes of rising in the conference standings, the Huskies are instead coming back to Storrs win-less.
The Bulls (11-3) are one of the conference’s premier teams with sophomore forward Evelyne Viens as one of its premier players, but the Huskies (6-8-3) were not overwhelmed in a 2-1 defeat.
USF would score first relatively quickly as Viens found the back of the net for her 10th goal of the season on an assist from sophomore midfielder Andrea Hauksdottir at the 12-minute mark.
Neither team would generate shot for 20 minutes before the Bulls’ freshman defender Chyane Dennis missed wide around 33 minutes off a corner kick from Hauksdottir.
UConn would only have one shot in the first half, only two minutes into action as junior forward Vivien Beil missed shortly after taking a corner kick.
USF would put the pressure on early in the second half, earning two corner kicks and putting two shots on in the first three minutes of the half.
Off the second corner kick, it became too much. Hauksdottir took the kick and senior midfielder Jessica Hamrick buried it for her first goal of the season, putting the Huskies in a two-goal hole, but with 41 minutes still to play.
UConn remained resilient and freshman forward Kess Elmore created two shots a couple minutes after the USF goal.
Following USF’s effort, they would put on a whirlwind of five shots and two corner kicks in the following 10 minutes, a barrage divided by Beil forcing Bulls’ goalkeeper Kat Elliot to make save about halfway through.
After UConn goalie Courtney Hofer saved the last of the five shots, part of five saves in the day for her, UConn moved the other way swiftly.
Just 23 seconds after Hofer’s save junior forward Kim Urbanek had beaten Elliot for her first goal of the season. The official time of the goal was 59:35.
Having cut the deficit to one, the Huskies pressed looking for an equalizer. Around the 67th minute they put a trio of shots on by way of Beil, Sophia Danyko-Kulchycky and Elena Santos but were kept out of the net.
Following Urbanek’s goal, the Huskies would outshoot the Bulls nine-to-three. Beil and Elmore finished with four shots each while Urbanek had three. But it all came too late and they never pulled even.
The final shot ratio was 17-14 in USF’s favor. The Bulls did out-earn the Huskies on corner kicks eight-to-two and capitalized on two of them.
The Huskies will have a week’s rest before they host Temple at Joseph J. Morrone stadium for a Senior Day finale, tuning up before they attempt to repeat as American conference tournament champions.
Matt Barresi is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.