STORRS, Conn. – Junior forward Charlotte Veitner scored three goals and the Husky defense posted its second-straight shutout as the No. 3 UConn field hockey team defeated Temple by a 6-0 count on Friday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs, Conn. With the win, the Huskies improve to 8-0 overall and 2-0 in Big East play. The Owls slip to 1-8, 0-2.
Veitner, who scored six goals in the Huskies’ 8-0 win at No. 14 Virginia on Sunday, has now notched a team-high 11 goals this season. Connecticut is now 10-2-1 all-time against Temple and the UConn defense has allowed one goal or less five times this season.
UConn got the scoring started just 4:54 into the contest when Veitner intercepted a Temple cross just outside the circle. The Dusseldorf, Germany native dribbled deep into the Owl circle and nailed a backhanded shot past a diving Maddie Lilliock to give UConn a lead it would not relinquish.
Veitner added her second score of the game less than 14-minutes later when she controlled a feed from Amelia Iacobucci in the circle and drilled a shot into the back of the net, giving the Huskies some insurance.
UConn would put the game out of reach with less than 10-minutes remaining in the first half when Boker notched her second goal of the season. An Iacobucci shot was saved by Lilliock but the rebound was controlled by Boker, who controlled it and slipped the ball inside the far post as the Huskies took a 3-0 lead into the locker room.
Connecticut added three more scores in the second half, including a penalty stroke from Casey Umstead at the 37:33 mark, and cruised to the 6-0 victory.
The Huskies dominated all facets of the game, out-shooting the Owls 28-2 and holding an 8-1 edge in penalty corners. UConn goalkeeper Nina Klein stopped the only shot she faced while Lilliock made 11 saves on the afternoon.
The Huskies are back in action on Sunday, September 25 when the team travels to Beantown to take on No. 9 Boston University. Game time is set for 1 p.m. and the contest will be live streamed via the Patriot League Network.
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