PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The No. 1 UConn field hockey team (8-0, 0-2 BIG EAST) extended its win streak to eight games, after topping Temple (2-6, 0-2 BIG EAST), 4-1, in conference action on Friday night.
With the win, the Huskies collected their 19th straight BIG EAST regular season win, dating back to the 2013 national championship season.
Sophomore Svea Boker played a hand in three of the team’s four goals, as the forward racked up a team-high three assists. Four different UConn players posted goals in the victory, while junior Amanda Collins was the only Huskies record in a goal and a helper on the night.
Despite holding a 5-0 advantage in penalty corners and outshooting their opponents, 11-0, the two teams found themselves in a gridlock, 0-0, after 35 minutes of play. The Huskies defense held strong, as goalkeeper Nina Klein didn’t face one shot on goal in the first half.
UConn took off and running in the second half, stringing together four goals in 11 minutes. Sophomore Barbara van den Hoogen drew first blood with a tally in the 53rd minute, before Collins gave the visitors a 2-0 edge at 56:42.
The Owls were able to get one on the board to break up their counterparts scoring, thanks to Mia Sexton’s first goal of the fall.
The Huskies offense responded strongly, as the team rounded out the scoring with two finals goals. Freshman Margot van Hecking Colenbrander took charge with her sixth score of the season at 60:14 for a two-goal lead, 3-1. Senior Casey Umstead followed her teammates lead, notching a goal of her own in the 64th minute, to help secure UConn’s 4-1 victory.
The Huskies are back in action in for one of their most anticipated battles yet. No. 1 UConn will visit reigning nation champions No. 5 Delaware on Sunday, Sept. 24. The contest is slated to begin at 12 p.m.
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