Field hockey's perfect season shattered
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 23:10
The No. 2 UConn field hockey team suffered its first loss this weekend against No. 9 Boston College. Boston College defeated UConn 4-3 in overtime on the rainy Sunday afternoon, leaving the Huskies with an overall 10-1 record and 5-1 record at home.
Despite the torrential downpour and cold bite in the air, each team came out fired up and aggressive. The two evenly matched teams had one goal in mind. The Huskies were looking to conquer a top ten team and remain unbeaten, while the Eagles were looking to be the team to finally defeat the undefeated UConn.
Boston’s Emma Plasteras outshone her teammates as she scored not only a hat trick, but also the game-winning goal to snap the Huskies’ 10 game winning streak.
“We had more opportunities than them but they were able to finish more than we were,” head coach Nancy Stevens said. “Sometimes it’s not really what you’ve done wrong, but you have to give credit to the opponent for what they do right.”
The game was evenly matched; each team was ready to fight until the end. Both teams scored fast and often, in the first 45 minutes alone both teams scored a combined six goals. UConn outshot Boston 21-14 and capitalized with four more corners than their opponent, but that was not enough to win the game.
“Yesterday, Chloe [Hunnable] had a hat trick, she scored three goals [against Providence College],” Stevens said. “Providence couldn’t contain Chloe and today we couldn’t contain Emma Plasteras.”
Although the loss was a disappointing blow to the Huskies they remain optimistic for the remainder of the season. The team understands how challenging their schedule is and takes that in stride.
“When you play a [difficult] schedule like that I don’t know if it’s really realistic to say you are going to win all your games,” Stevens said. “You are going to be in every game and hope you’re going to win more than not.”
Despite this minor set back in the season, the Huskies still are one of the most dominant teams in the league. They will learn from this game and continue to play as they always have.
The Huskies will be back in action over the weekend as they play both Louisville and Boston University at home.