Here we go! The USF Bulls, 13-6-1, are at home for this game as they host Uconn for the AAC tournament championship. Uconn, 13-4-4, beat UCF 1 to 0 to advance to the title game. USF beat the Huskies back in Storrs on October 17th in a 2 to 0 game. The Huskies have been sharp on defense through the tournament and will prove to be a huge test for the Bulls as they try to claim the title (game begins at 11 AM).
Uconn is led by sophomore forward Rachel Hill who has 16 goals on the year (70 shot attempts) and has 3 assists. Senior forward/midfielder Riley Houle has 6 goals (52 shot attempts) and 4 assists on the year. Freshman midfielder Danielle Gottwik has 5 goals and 4 assists on the season. Junior forward Samantha McGuire has 5 goals (76 shot attempts) and 3 assists on the year to round out their balanced scoring offense. Katarina Elliott played out of her mind in the first game, making 7 saves to preserve the win for the Bulls. If USF is going to win this game, they will need her at her best and for the defense to play better than how they did in the first meeting.
In net for the Huskies are two keepers that split playing time. Sophomore Emily Armstrong has allowed 11 goals on the year while making 43 saves. Junior Allison Saucier has allowed 10 goals and has made 28 saves during the year. Both will split time evenly, but one could take over if the other falters. Olivia Chance and Kate Loye were able to get two goals off of them in the first game and will need to be aggressive along with Demi Stokes and company to put the pressure on them.
This is a huge game. A win here would clinch the trophy for the Bulls and clinch a postseason place in the process. Let’s hope the offense for the Bulls comes out firing in this game and takes over. Let’s go to work!