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 winless.
Last year, UConn women’s soccer was the team to beat in the American as they dominated and remained a top 25 squad all season long. This season UCF has taken the torch from them and then some. Coming into last night’s contest the Knights (11-1-1) were No. 7 in the coach’s poll and No. 5 in RPI. Last night it showed.
Last time SMU (5-6-3) and UConn (5-6-3) got together it was here at Joseph J. Morrone for the 2016 American Conference Championship, a game UConn won 1-0 delivering them dual conference championships and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
The time before that was when the Mustangs gave the Huskies their lone quasi-hiccup, a 0-0 double-overtime at SMU, in the conference regular season. Last year the two were fierce NCAA tournament teams.
Freshman Yamilee Eveillard has been paying dividends recently for the UConn women’s soccer, and got a starting nod over Kess Elmore at the top of Huskies’ formation. It’s somewhat of a new role for her
It was a decision that paid off. Eveillard scored two goals on the night, both times from midfielder Erin Spillane, while demonstrating skill and athleticism on both.
“Just getting forward, making dynamic runs, opening up for my teammates,” Eveillard said on keys to her goals.
In front of a reported crowd of 621, UConn women’s soccer played not only their first game of the conference portion of their schedule, but their first game of the 2017 season with senior transfer Courtney Hofer in goal.
It was a 1-0 loss, but head coach Len Tsantiris knows Hofer brings a lot to the table and she is in net to stay.
“Maturity. Experience. Composure. She’s a leader… we need someone like that,” Tsantiris said.