Thrilling Comeback, Earns Huskies Memorable Win


STORRS, Conn. – August 23 will be a night for the memory bank for head coach Margaret Rodriguez, her staff, players and the UConn women's soccer program. The 3-2 victory against CCSU marked the first career win for Rodriguez but more importantly, it was the fashion in which the team won that makes it more memorable. Trailing 2-0 to the Blue Devils, while closing in on halftime, the Huskies were looking for any kind of spark. That spark came on a cross from sophomore Yamilee Eveillard to freshman Pato Jerzak. Eveillard played a cross into the box that Jerzak was able to handle and slide past the keeper to get UConn within a goal, 2-1. It was the first career tally for Jerzak. Just like that, the momentum began to shift. The Huskies headed into the locker room only down a goal. Head coach Margaret Rodriguez gave a spirited speech in the halftime locker room and the Huskies came out determined. UConn applied pressure out of gate in the second half and the results came quickly. Yamilee Eveillard set up the Huskies' equalizer off a shot of her own. The UConn forward spun around and struck a shot off the left post. The ball caromed out in front of the goal and junior Erin Spillane scooted in and finished to knot the game at two. Nearly ten minutes later the Huskies took their first lead of the match. Sophia Danyko-Kulchycky received a pass in the open field, teed up a shot from around 22 yards out and sailed it perfectly over the leaping keeper and into the back of the net. The UConn defense buckled down for the final 20 minutes and the Huskies logged their first win of 2018. The UConn comeback was the first time the Huskies came back from a two-goal deficit since a, 3-2, double overtime win vs. Portland on Sept. 14, 2003. UConn looks to carry momentum up to Newton, Mass. against the Boston College Eagles on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 1 p.m. Notes

  • The Huskies erased a 2-0 deficit to win for the first time since defeating Portland on Sept. 14, 2003.

  • Sophia Danyko-Kulchycky scored her second goal of the season on Thursday. The sophomore has scored in back-to-back games for the Huskies.

  • The Huskies scored three goals for the first time this season. UConn scored three goals or more on three occasions in 2017.

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