EVANSTON, Ill. -- For the second consecutive game, sophomore Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) scored two goals to move the No. 1 University of Connecticut field hockey team to a 6-0 triumph over Northeastern at Lakeside Field on Saturday afternoon. UConn moves to 2-0 this season, while Northeastern falls to 0-1.
The Huskies out-shot Northeastern, 23-6, putting 14 on goal. The squad also tallied 11 penalty corner attempts.
UConn wasted no time trying to get on the board in the first half, recording eight shots and four penalty corner attempts before senior Sophie Bowden (Somerset, England) chipped the ball over to freshman Amelia Iacobucci (Malvern, Pa.), who sent it into the upper corner of the net for her first goal as a Husky for a 1-0 lead.
In the next six minutes, three UConn players attempted to open up scoring, including graduate student Pippa Lewis (Malvern, England). Lewis had a great look but just missed the cage by hitting the post. Sophomores Casey Umstead (Sellersville, Pa.) and Kendall Youngblood (Milwaukee, Wis.) had their shots saved by Northeastern's goalkeeper Becky Garner.
The second half was all about Huskies, starting at the 36:29 mark by capitalizing on a penalty corner attempt when Veitner got the ball into play before Lewis passed it off to Umstead, who found the back of the net. Seven minutes later, junior Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany) stopped the ball and passed to senior Mckenzie Townsend (Harpursville, N.Y.) to put it behind the goalie.
UConn made it 4-0 later in the second half when Veitner dodged multiple defenders in the circle before dribbling around the keeper for the score. She quickly added her fourth goal of the season after junior Olivia Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.) crossed the ball on the baseline and Veitner pushed it in low to the far post.
The final goal came at 67:47 as Umstead dropped the ball off for redshirt sophomore Asia Crawford (Collegeville, Pa.), who dribbled around the goalie to give UConn its decisive 6-0 victory.
The Huskies were impressive on defense, effectively shutting down Northeastern's seven penalty corner attempts. Redshirt sophomore Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) faced six shots and recorded two saves in goal.
UConn will enjoy the comforts of the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex when Quinnipiac visits the Constitution State for the Huskies home opener of the 2015 season on Friday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m.
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