The UConn women’s soccer team (2-7) suffered a heartbreaker on Friday night when they lost 1-0 at home to Eastern Michigan University (5-4).
During the previous weekend, the Huskies defeated Ole Miss 4-3 for their first win away.
“Our performance last weekend was something to be proud of and we were really happy with that,” UConn’s head coach Margaret Rodriguez said. “We thought it was going to carry momentum into here and it did, I think, in the first 20 minutes or so, and then as we started chasing I thought we might get into trouble a bit.”
The Huskies came out strong to start the first half and were definitely setting the tempo for the match but seemed to deflate once EMU scored.
UConn had seven total shots in the first period while EMU had only four. In the second period EMU outshot the Huskies.
The only goal of the match was scored at 41:28 by Sabrina McNeill off of a free kick from 20 yards out.
“When you have youth and inexperience you’re going to have inconsistency,” Rodriguez said.
“We’re working on it every day… we were the better team in the first half and we needed to put away our chances and put them away earlier.”
There were over 1100 fans at Friday’s match including many young soccer players who cheered loudly for UConn and lined up at the buzzer to get autographs and meet the players.
“For me, to have my daughters and their friends and their teammates looking up to my girls at UConn, I think there’s no better role-models,” Rodriguez said. “This team is great… and they know that we take care of our community and our fans first because as soon as we lost the game they went there. We have to take care of them because they’re cheering and their support at the end was huge.”
This week the Huskies start conference play when they travel to Houston.
“It’s a clean slate for us,” Rodriguez said. “We’re taking it one game at a time. We’re going to focus on what we’ve been working on our last couple weeks. It’s just mentality and trying to compete for every ball. We have to win fifty-fifty balls.”
Mariana Dominguez is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org