Roisin Upton helped the Uconn Huskies to a second successive NCAA division one national championship in the US as they edged past Emma Russell’s Syracuse University 1-0 in Sunday’s final.
The 2014 crown marks UConn’s fourth title (1981, 1985, 2013, 2014) and second under head coach Nancy Stevens. The Huskies scored on their first shot of the game, taking advantage of the game’s first corner.
Anna Middendorf blasted a shot towards the keeper and allowed Mckenzie Townsend a chance to redirect the ball into the top right of the net, her fourth goal of the season proving her most important.
“It was such a team effort,” said Townsend on the goal. “You have the person who gets the corner. The push-out has to be perfect, the stop has to be perfect and the strike in has to be in to the right spot. I’m just the lucky one who gets to have the last touch on it.”
Syracuse had their chances with former Holy Child Killiney student Emma Russell going closes in the last five minutes but her shot skipped just wide right of the cage.
It was their last major opening and allowed Limerick native Upton land the title along with a place in the All-Tournament team following the win.