AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Connecticut field hockey team continued its strong play on the road when it defeated UMass, 2-0, on Friday afternoon at Garber Field. With the win, the Huskies improve to 5-0 in 2014, while the Minutewomen drop to 2-5.
Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) picked up her fourth shutout of the season, making two saves in 70 minutes of play. The Husky keeper was also instrumental in defending four UMass corners.
UConn got on the board in the 17th minute when freshman forward Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) notched her third goal of the season. Fellow freshman Casey Umstead (Sellersville, Pa.) ripped a shot on goal that was blocked away by the defense but Veitner grabbed the loose ball on the near post and deposited it past goalkeeper Sam Carlino.
UConn padded its lead at the 56:51 mark when Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) received a pass from Chloe Hunnable (Halstead, England) on a penalty corner attempt and ripped a shot into the bottom left corner of the cage. The goal marked the first for the Husky junior captain, who has tallied five points in 2014.
The Husky offense, which entered the matchup second in the nation with 11.0 penalty corner attempts, tallied eight total corner chances, including six in the second half. Overall, the Huskies dominated possession and out-shot their out-of-state foes, 17-6 throughout the game.
The Huskies nearly grabbed another goal midway through the second half when the squad earned back-to-back penalty corner attempts. Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany) and Hunnable each put a shot on target but Carlino was able to use her pad to turn away both Husky attacks.
UConn had another pair of quality chances less than 10 minutes into the game when Hunnable collected the ball in the circle, fired a shot on goal and immediately grabbed her rebound before attempting another shot that was saved.
In 50 meetings with the Minutewomen, UConn owns a 34-13-3 all-time mark and has won the last four contests.
The Huskies return to action on Sunday, Sept. 21 when they travel to Easton, Pa. to challenge Lafayette at 1 p.m. The game will mark the end of a road-game road stretch.