Field hockey improves to 5-0 in 2013
Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013 23:09
The UConn women’s field hockey team played their first two home games of the season against Fairfield and Lafayette this past weekend. The Huskies came out on top, beating both teams to remain undefeated at 5-0 early in the season.
On Friday night, UConn defeated Fairfield 4-0, gaining their first shut out of the season. Each team appeared evenly matched as they both created numerous scoring opportunities with penalty corners.
In the first half alone, UConn had six penalty corners while Fairfield had four. Despite the numerous corners both teams had, UConn dominated shots on goal in the first 35 minutes of play creating a huge divide between the two teams. UConn had thirteen shots on goal in the first half, while Fairfield only had two.
UConn dominated the second half of the game. Once again UConn created phenomenal scoring opportunities with penalty corners and capitalized on that to score goals.
Chloe Hunnable scored off a blocked penalty corner when she backhanded it into the net past the goalie. She scored again five minutes later as she snuck the ball in the bottom right corner of the goal to give UConn a 3-0 advantage.
Marie Elena Bolles scored the last goal of the game as she tipped the ball in to the bottom left corner of the cage past Fairfield’s goalie.
On Sunday, UConn had their second shut out of the season as they defeated Lafayette 4-0. UConn came out aggressive, resulting in dominance throughout the game.
“Our mission [this season] has been to increase separation between us and our opponent. You know our first three games were one-goal games and two of them were overtime, so there’s no separation. Our goal this weekend was to create separation between our opponent and ourselves and we were able to do that,” UConn coach Nancy Stevens said. “They are our first two shut outs of the season and that’s the only way a coach is going to be happy, completely happy, if you shut the opponent out and we think we are capable of doing that.
Five minutes in, UConn’s Anne Jeute scored the first goal of the game as she lifted the ball into the right hand corner of the net as the goalie dove down on the ground. Chloe Hunnable also scored in the first half off of a cross through the circle from teammate Sophie Bowden. Hunnable scored again later in the second half, along with Montana Fleming, who scored her first career goal this game.
Although UConn remains undefeated, they are not celebrating just yet.
“We are about ten percent as good as we can be. You know, it’s early in the season. It’s the third week of the season so it’s a journey,” Stevens said. “We have a long way to go. I think our passing was outstanding this weekend, we moved the ball well and our finishing efforts were great. Our corner execution on Friday night was superb, those are all good things but we still have a long way to go.”