Olivia Bolles netted the first assist of her young career on Sunday.
Sep 1, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif. – The All-America combo of senior forward Marie Elena Bolles and junior forward Chloe Hunnable each scored their first goals of 2013 to lead the No. 4 University of Connecticut field hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Cal on Sunday afternoon in Palo Alto, Calif. With the win the Huskies improve to 2-0 on the season while Cal, which defeated Michigan State yesterday, slips to 1-1.
UConn has now started at least 2-0 in each of the last 11 seasons.
Bolles got the Huskies on the board just 16-minutes into the contest after she dribbled by the Golden Bears defense and hit a shot from the right side, which zipped by Courtney Hendrickson, giving UConn an early 1-0 edge.
Cal was able to knot the score up at one 15-minutes later after Jordan O’Reilly took a cross from Shannon Elmitt and was able to beat Sarah Mansfield.
That was the only goal Mansfield would allow though, as she stopped Cal’s five other shots on goal to preserve the Husky victory.
She is now two wins shy of tying Daniell’s Vile’s school record for career victories. Mansfield’s record now stands at 56-12 in her fourth year between the posts for Connecticut. Hendrickson made seven saves for Cal.
Hunnable’s game-winner, which was the sixth of her career, came with 10:41 remaining in regulation. Freshman midfielder Olivia Bolles hit a cross to Hunnable, who established position deep in the circle. She was able to redirect the cross past a diving Hendrickson and in to lift UConn to the 2-1 triumph.
The goal was Hunnable’s 30th of her career while the assist was Olivia Bolles’ first.
The Huskies held a 13-6 advantage in shots and created seven penalty corners without allowing the Golden Bears a single penalty corner opportunity.
UConn returns to action on Sunday, September 8 when the team travels to University Park, Pa. to take on No. 6 Penn State. Game time is set for 12 p.m.