NEWTON, Mass. – Despite tallying a late first-half goal, the University of Connecticut field hockey team fell to No. 1 UNC, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at the Newton Campus Soccer Field. With the loss, the Huskies fall to 6-2, while the Tar Heels improve to 8-1.
The Tar Heels opened the scoring at 19:18 when Sam Night tallied her first career goal, tipping a pass from Loren Shealy into the net on the far post.
UConn responded late in the first half when Bowden notched her team-leading fifth goal of the season at 30:03. The score came off the second of two Husky penalty corner attempts and was courtesy of a brilliant pass from Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland). For Upton, it marked her fifth assist of the 2014 campaign.
UNC took a late lead when it scored at the 58:59 mark. Charlotte Craddock collected a deflected ball in the air and was able to muscle a shot past Klein to give the Tar Heels a 2-1 edge.
Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Nina Klein recorded one save in the setback. Sassi Ammer turned away four Husky shots for the Tar Heels.
Overall, UConn held a 6-to-0 penalty corner advantage and also out-shot their out-of-state foes, 10-to-8.
UConn’s first chance came at the 14:46 mark off a penalty corner attempt. Upton ripped a shot on goal that was turned away by Ammer. The Huskies were credited with another corner attempt but Upton’s second attempt sailed wide of the net.
The Huskies had an opportunity in the 11th minute when Davidson carried the ball towards the top of the circle and tried to thread a pass to Veitner but the Tar Heel midfielders got a stick on the pass and cleared away the danger.
In the 40th minute, Upton had another look at the goal but her powerful shot was blocked out in front of the cage. In the 55th minute, the Huskies earned their sixth penalty corner of the game but couldn’t convert when Upton’s shot was again blocked by the UNC backline.
The Huskies return home to the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex on Oct. 4 when the team hosts Georgetown at 12 p.m.