The UConn women's soccer team won its first American Athletic Conference title on Sunday, and after the match suspended a freshman player for giving the middle finger to an ESPN camera during a post-game celebration, the Hartford Courant reported yesterday.
After a scoreless draw at the end of regulation, UConn (13-4-5) beat the University of South Florida 3-2 on penalty kicks. With their victory in the conference tournament, the Huskies secured their 29th appearance in the NCAA women's soccer championship.
UConn later released a statement by coach Len Tsantiris addressing the incident:
"The University of Connecticut and its women's soccer program would like to apologize for an inappropriate gesture a UConn student-athlete made to an ESPNU camera following today's American Athletic Conference championship game...The gesture showed poor judgment and sportsmanship and does not represent what we want our program and University to stand for."
"The issue has already been addressed by the coaching staff to the student-athlete. The student-athlete has been indefinitely suspended from all team activities, including participation in UConn's upcoming NCAA tournament games."
The NCAA women's soccer tournament is set for Dec. 5 and 7 in Boca Raton, Florida, at Florida Atlantic University Stadium.
- Christopher Woody