Sept. 11, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - Senior forward Cara Silverman scored just 1:28 into the game and the Husky defense made it hold up as the fourth-ranked University of Connecticut field hockey team defeated Drexel on Sunday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs, Conn. With the win, UConn improves to 5-0 on the season while Drexel slips to 4-2.
Connecticut has shut out the opposition in each of the last two games and has not allowed its opponent to score in 192:15. Silverman's goal was the 32nd of her career and her 10th-career game-winner.
Silverman's goal came after the Husky defense thwarted an early Drexel penalty corner and turned it into a counter attack. Anne Jeute (pronounced ON-uh, YOY-tuh) broke free of the Drexel defense and dribbled across midfield. She played the ball ahead to senior midfielder Ali Blankmeyer who dribbled to the top of the circle. From there, she drilled a shot just wide of the far corner but Silverman was there, met the ball with a slide and redirected the ball past Brooke Underwood for what turned out to be the game-winner.
The UConn defense dominated for the remainder of the first half, only allowing the Dragons to tally three shots in the first stanza.
Sophomore Marie Elena Bolles gave Connecticut some insurance when she scored at 46:01. Senior defender Rayell Heistand struck a shot from the top of the circle and found freshman forward Chloe Hunnable. Hunnable dished to Bolles deep in the circle and she was able to poke the ball past new Drexel keeper Kim Chiarelli for the 2-0 edge.
The Huskies outshot Drexel by a 15-to-12 margin and held a 7-4 edge in shots on goal.
Sophomore goaltender Sarah Mansfield notched her second-straight shutout and improved to 21-6 in her career, including 5-0 this season. Mansfield stopped all four shots she was faced with on Sunday. Underwood and Chiarelli combined to make five saves for Drexel.
The Huskies will enjoy next weekend at home as well as the team will welcome Villanova to Storrs on Saturday. Game time is set for 12 p.m. at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.