Sept. 10, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - Marie Elena Bolles scored the third game-winning goal of her career late in the second half to lift the No. 4 University of Connecticut field hockey team to a 1-0 victory over No. 16 Albany on Saturday afternoon at the sun-soaked George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs. With the win, Connecticut improves to a perfect 4-0 on the season while the Great Danes slip to 3-2.
The Connecticut defense was outstanding on Saturday and did not allow the Great Danes to notch a single shot on goal. Reigning BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year Sarah Mansfield notched the seventh shutout of her career and saw her goals against average this season dip below 1.00.
The Husky defense has allowed only four goals this season and UConn is outscoring the opposition 14-4 in 2011.
Bolles' game-winner came at the 61:59 mark. Sophomore forward Anne Jeute got loose and gained possession of the ball past midfield. She then fired the ball into the Albany circle towards senior midfielder Ali Blankmeyer. Blankmeyer corralled the ball and dished off to Bolles who poked it past Albany keeper Kristi Troch to propel the Huskies to the hard-fought 1-0 victory.
The Huskies did put together several solid scoring chances in the second half prior Bolles' game-winner. The best came just four-minutes into the second stanza when senior back Rayell Heistand controlled a feed from Jeute deep in the circle and struck a shot that sailed just wide of the net to preserve the scoreless tie.
Troch made three saves for Albany and both squads tallied eight shots with UConn holding a 4-0 edge in shots on goal.
The Huskies are back in action on Sunday, September 11 when the team welcomes Drexel to Storrs. Game time is set for 2 p.m. at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.