Field hockey opens season with two road wins
Published: Monday, September 2, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 2, 2013 23:09
The UConn field hockey team opened this season on a high note with two wins on the West Coast this weekend. The No. 4 Huskies defeated No.12 Stanford 2-1 in double overtime on Saturday and continued their winning streak upon defeating University of California 2-1 as well.
UConn triumphed in their first game of the season as they capitalized early on in the first half. Anne Jeute, who was out last season due to injury, came back strong and scored the first goal of the game within a mere four minutes of play. The remainder of the first half seemed to be evenly matched as each team battled back and forth without goals being scored.
In the second half, the Cardinal managed to tie up the game with four minutes left of regulation time as Jessica Chisholm scored her first goal of the season off of a penalty corner. After 89 minutes of play and two overtimes, Sophie Bowden scored the game-winning goal for UConn. Her shot was fired from the left wing past the goalkeeper making it her second career goal.
UConn continued to dominate on Sunday, as they defeated Cal 2-1. The opening 16 minutes of play were evenly matched, as each team was eager to capitalize first. Marie Elena Bolles gave the Huskies the upper hand as she scored her first unassisted goal of the season to bring UConn up 1-0. However, California was not going down without a fight. Around 15 minutes later, Cal forward Jordan O’Reilly received a cross from Shannon Elmitt and shot it past UConn’s Sarah Mansfield to tie the game at 1-1.
The game was tied and the stakes were high going into the second half of the contest. Each team came out with vengeance in attempts to keep their winning season alive. As seen in the first half, the beginning of the second was evenly matched and a close battle between the two teams. Junior forward, Chloe Hunnable, scored the last goal of the game to help the Huskies prevail. Freshman midfielder Olivia Bolles crossed the ball to Hunnable who was positioned deep in the circle. Hunnable re-directed the shot into the net past Cal’s goalkeeper to give UConn the 2-1 lead with 10:41 left in regulation. Cal was unable to get past UConn’s goalie Sarah Mansfield for the reminder of the game. The Huskies had a 13-6 advantage in shots over California, while Mansfield tallied five saves throughout the game. UConn created seven penalty corners against Cal, while the Golden Bears had no corners against the Huskies.
UConn will travel to University Park, Pa. to play No. 6 Penn State on Sunday, Sept. 8 before wrapping up their chunk of away games. The Huskies will be put to the test in order to keep their undefeated season alive.