LI Native Rodriguez Gets First Win As UConn WSOC Head Coach

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Margaret Rodriguez, UConn women's soccer head coach. (All photos courtesy of UConn.)

The timing for Margaret Rodriguez to get her first win as UConn women’s soccer head coach could not have been better.

Rodriguez and the Huskies got the team’s first win of the season, and her first win as coach, with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over intrastate rival Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). The match, played before UConn’s home fans at Morrone Stadium in Storrs, also featured Rodriguez’s twin-sister, Jen Prozzo, who is an assistant coach with CCSU

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Speaking with The UConn Blog, the Huntington native called the victory bittersweet.

“My sister and I are very competitive. We fight for everything out there but we always look over our shoulder and make sure the other is doing just as well,” Rodriguez told The UConn Blog. “To get a win is great but now I’ll turn around and call my sister and say, ‘OK, what can you do to improve.’”

During the match, UConn was in need of some improvements as the Huskies trailed 2-1. During halftime, Rodriguez is said to have given her team a tongue lashing, and whichever magic words the first year head coach chose, they apparently had an impact on her players.

In the early portion of the second half, UConn got goals from Erin Spillane and Sophia Danyko-Kulchycky to take a 3-2 lead. The defense was then the story over the final 20 minutes and the first win for Rodriguez was in the books.

(Related: Rodriguez speaks with SleterFC about becoming UConn’s head coach.)