Women’s Soccer: Huskies beat DePaul and drop Butler in two home games





10/13/2022 WSOC vs. De Paul by Izzi Barton, Staff Photographer UConn Women’s Soccer celebrates a 3-1 win over the DePaul Blue Demons on Thursday evening, October 13, 2022 at Morrone Stadium. The goals were scored by Chioma Okafor (20), Emma Zaccagnini (11) and Cara Jordan (26).

The Huskies went one-for-two this weekend as they faced off against two teams with vastly different seasons. The DePaul Blue Demons, coming into this game 2-10, continued to show their sluggish game as they were unable to handle UConn’s offense. UConn set the tone early as midfielder Cara Jordan and forwards Jada Konte and Chioma Okafor all had shots on target in the opening five minutes. Connecticut was able to capitalize on DePaul’s poor play as the Huskies dominated possession for most of the first half. Okafor put UConn ahead in the 13th minute after a header assisted by Jordan. The huskies stayed in the driver’s seat even as the skies began to open. The second goal came from midfielder Emma Zaccagnini and was served by Abby Jones in the 35th minute. With a 2-0 lead, UConn tried to keep the Blue Demons at bay, but DePaul forward Katie Gooden slipped one before the half ended 44-25 with an assist from midfielder Olivia Beam. Jordan scored the third and final goal of the game in the 52nd minute, unassisted. The remainder of the season belonged only to UConn as DePaul was unable to get any momentum going as they struggled to find seams and struggled to find their form. UConn switched to 7-5-1, 3-3-0 after that game as DePaul suffered another loss, making it a sixth losing streak of the game.

10/13/2022 WSOC vs. De Paul by Izzi Barton, Staff Photographer UConn Women’s Soccer celebrates a 3-1 win over the DePaul Blue Demons on Thursday evening, October 13, 2022 at Morrone Stadium. The goals were scored by Chioma Okafor (20), Emma Zaccagnini (11) and Cara Jordan (26).

The Huskies had a few days to recover as they came on again on Sunday against the 6-7-1 Butler Bulldogs. Although on paper you could say this would have been an even game, Connecticut struggled early and stayed throughout the game. Both teams were tied in the Big East standings with identical pre-game 3-3 records. As the game began, the Huskies soon found themselves on defense as they struggled to win 50/50 balls and were unable to maintain their depth. Both of Butler’s goals came in the first 17 minutes of the game. In the 12th minute, Redshirt junior Abigail Isger gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead after assisting Talia Sommer. Just five minutes later, UConn scored an own goal to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead. No further goals were scored as the game progressed. UConn only started to find its form as the minutes counted down. While Mahoney let two past her, she showed her brilliance as she got her body on the line to keep it a low-scoring game. Mahoney made seven saves that day and still remains in the top rankings for saves per game. Though UConn couldn’t walk away with back-to-back wins last weekend, a key recognition came at halftime against Butler as UConn celebrated 50 years of Title IX and honored their alumni on the field. The Huskies are out this Thursday, October 20 when they take on the 3-8-2, 2-5 Villanova Wildcats. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. in Pennsylvania.







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