Huskies move to 3-0 with win at Penn State
Published: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 8, 2013 23:09
The UConn field hockey team defeated Penn State in a close game that ended in overtime. Marie Elena Bolles helped the Huskies keep their undefeated title as she scored the game-winning goal.
The first half seemed to be evenly matched between the two teams. With 11 minutes into the game, Chloe Hunnable helped the Huskies gain the upper hand as she scored the first goal of the contest off of a penalty corner. Penn State answered back as Whitney Reddig scored a goal against Mansfield off of a deflection to tie the game at one. Less than four minutes later, UConn responded with another goal to break the tie and bring the Huskies back up to a 2-1 lead. Chloe Hunnable passed to midfielder Rosin Upton who shot the ball past the Penn State goalie. The remainder of the first half was quiet as each team fought hard to defeat their opponent.
Early on in the second half, Penn State capitalized on corners against the Huskies. The Nittany Lions tied the game 2-2 as Taylor Herold scored off of a penalty corner play.
However, Rosin Upton helped UConn break the tie yet again as she scored a goal off of a penalty corner 57 minutes into the match. This one goal advantage late in the half gave UConn reassurance, yet there was plenty of time and opportunity for the Nittany Lions to fight back. UConn managed to hold off Penn State as Whitney Redding shot and missed, but Taylor Herald redirected the deflection of Reddigs missed shot past goalie Mansifield to tie the game with less than two minutes left in the second half.
Penn State’s last minute goal forced the second overtime game of the season for the Huskies. UConn remained determined and composed as the team capitalized when they needed to the most. Anne Jeute crossed the ball to Marie Elena Bolles who finished the game within a mere 1:37 into overtime to help the Huskies win 4-3. The Huskies will hope to continue their winning streak as they play their home opener at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex against Fairfield University on Friday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m.