Sept. 4, 2011
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Sophomore forward Marie Elena Bolles scored her first goal of the season and senior back Kim Krzyk netted the game-winner in overtime as the No. 4 University of Connecticut field hockey team defeated No. 8 Penn State on Sunday afternoon in University Park, Pa. With the win, UConn improves to a spotless 3-0 on the season while the Lady Lions slip to 2-2.
The Huskies have now beaten the Lady Lions three-straight times.
Penn State got on the board first when Amy Kelsey scored 20:23 into the contest but Bolles' equalizer came less than 11-minutes later. Bolles used her exceptional speed to get ahead of the PSU defense and dribbled into the circle where she struck a shot past Ayla Halus and into the back of the net.
The two teams played to a stalemate for the remainder of regulation but Krzyk's game-winner came just 2:36 into the extra session. Krzyk found herself deep in the circle with possession. She then poked the ball into the right-had corner to clinch Connecticut's second victory over a ranked opponent this season.
The two top-10 teams were evenly matched, with each side posting nine shots and four shots on goal on the afternoon. Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield made three saves on the afternoon and Halus stopped a pair of shots for Penn State.
Connecticut is back in action on Saturday afternoon when the team welcomes Albany to Storrs. Game time is set for 12 p.m. at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.