In their final opportunity to play in Joseph J. Morrone Stadium this season, and for the senior class forever, the Huskies’ women’s soccer team went out on top in a 3-2 victory over Temple (6-10-2) on Friday night.
UConn (7-8-3) started all five of their seniors, Tanya Altrui, Danielle Gottwik, Courtney Hofer, and Sabrina Toole to mark the occasion.
The night kicked off with a rendition of the national anthem from Toole and she wasn’t done on the night.
McCarthy, a redshirt senior due to injury earlier in her career, made only her eighth appearance of the year and second start but played well putting on two shots including one that hit the crossbar nearly breaking the game open.
Toole, a regular starter, contributed to the victory with a goal, her fourth of the season, by burying header a header in the 62nd minute off a corner kick from junior forward Vivien Beil.
“…For the seniors this was everything to us. I think the first 10 minutes when all of us were out there you could see it,” said Toole.
Altrui and Gottwik also had a shot a piece in the game.
Hofer was tremendous, in what was an up and down, back and forth contest, she made a career high nine saves including several vital and impressive ones in the first half.
The team is not done yet with the conference tournament on deck. Friday night was just an opportunity to recognize the impact the five had on UConn soccer and the impact UConn soccer has had on them.
“I think every game has been special to me and I’ve had something to take away from the game,” Toole said.
Beil balls out
Beil, a transfer from Maine, has been a key cog in the UConn offense all season and the most consistent. A dominant performance Friday reflected that when she scored two goals and assisted on Toole’s goal from a corner kick.
Her offensive explosion jumped her to the top of UConn’s leaderboard. Her five goals are tied with freshman Kess Elmore for first, but her six assists and 16 points are unmatched by her peers.
Last season at Maine, despite being first team all-conference, she only scored three goals and two assists.
Their clash with Temple pitted more than just Huskies versus Owls; it also pitted family member against family member.
The Huskies started junior defender Heidi Druehl while Temple countered with her younger sister Natalie, a freshman on Temple.
Unfortunately the pair didn’t get to share the field as Natalie Druehl did not play and has only made three appearances for Temple this year. Heidi Druehl has been a staple hold in the UConn back line this year, starting all 18 games.
The pair played a couple seasons together at Westhill High school in Stamford.
Matt Barresi is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.