STORRS, Conn. – For the second time in as many weeks, the No. 3 University of Connecticut field hockey team emerged with an overtime win against a ranked team when the Huskies took down No.8 Penn State, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex. With the win, UConn improves to 2-0 this season, while Penn State falls to 2-1.
Junior midfielder Sophie Bowden scored the game-winner with 5:33 remaining in the first period of overtime to send the Huskies to their 11th-straight 2-0 start. Junior captain and Big East Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) fired a pass through the middle of the box off where Bowden was able to get a stick on it and send it past the Nittany Lions’ goalkeeper. The goal was Bowden’s team-leading second of the season.
The Huskies earned 16 total penalty corner attempts and outshot their out-of-state rivals, 26-11. In the final 44:27, UConn doubled up Penn State on shots attempts, 14-7.
Freshman Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) led the UConn offensive attack, posting seven shots with four on goal. The forward nearly gave UConn the win in regulation when she fired a back-handed shot just wide left of the cage.
With the victory, UConn has now won 10 consecutive games, dating back to the 2013 season.
Prior to the game, there was a ceremony to honor the 2013 National Championship team which included the unveiling of the championship banner.
The Huskies have a quick turnaround as they prepare to host the Columbia Lions on Sunday, Sept. 7. Game action is set to begin at 2 p.m.