NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sophomore Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) tallied four goals as the No. 1 University of Connecticut field hockey teamed moved past Yale, 8-0, on Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field. The Huskies improve to 11-0 on the season while extending their winning streak to 25-games, dating back to 2014, as the Bulldogs fall to 2-7.
Connecticut’s redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) notched her fourth solo shutout and made two saves in the cage.
The Huskies totaled 29 shots and eight penalty corners while holding the Bulldogs to three corners and five shots, all of which came in the second half.
UConn is yet to allow an opponent to score in the first half. The Huskies have outscored their challengers by a 36-to-5 margin in the final 35 minutes of play.
The Huskies came out on a mission, scoring three goals in the first seven minutes of play. Sophomore Casey Umstead (Sellersville, Pa.) opened up the scoring just 3:19 into the game with a penalty stroke to give UConn a 1-0 lead. Two minutes later, Veitner posted her first goal of the game after she flicked the ball past Yale’s goaltender Emilie Katz. Freshman Amelia Iacobucci (Malvern, Pa.) followed up with a hard slap to send the ball into the back of the net.
Connecticut didn’t slow down as senior Mckenzie Townsend (Harpursville, N.Y.), Veitner and freshman Amanda Collins (Binghamton, N.Y.) fired multiple shots on goal that were saved. The Huskies had the opportunity to add to their lead after senior Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) smacked a shot from the top of circle off the corner but it was blocked.
Veitner cushioned UConn’s advantage to 4-0 heading into halftime when she flicked the ball into the right corner of the cage. Veitner picked up where she left off after the intermission, inserting the ball off the corner and junior Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany) powered a shot towards goal, which was saved by Katz. Veitner caught the rebound and pushed it in for the score.
Less than two minutes later, the Huskies successfully converted a corner opportunity after Veitner sent the ball into to a waiting Upton. Upton blasted the ball down the middle as a cutting Veitner came in for the tip into goal.
Olivia Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.) set up a corner and got the ball to Umstead, who laid down the stick-stop before Middendorf drilled a shot past Yale’s net-minder. Umstead also helped sophomore Kendall Youngblood (Milwaukee, Wis.) earn her first goal of the season to close out UConn’s scoring.
The Huskies will head to Philadelphia for a Big East match-up with Temple on Friday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m.
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