PHILADELPHIA - The University of Connecticut field hockey team extended its winning streak to 27 games, dating back to the 2014 season, with a 6-0 victory over Drexel on Sunday afternoon. The Huskies improve to 13-0 while the Dragons drop to 4-8.
UConn redshirt sophomore net-minder Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) had four saves in the outing, posting her fourth-straight and sixth overall solo shutout of the season.
The Huskies outshot the Dragons, 21-to-8, but the home squads was able to earn six penalty corners compared to UConn's four.
After 6:34 of play, Veitner opened up the Huskies scoring with a backhand from the top of the circle.
Connecticut effectively converted a penalty corner when junior Olivia Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.) inserted the ball into graduate student Pippa Lewis (Malvern, England), who stick-stopped before senior Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) slapped a shot into the back of the net.
After two UConn goals and 24 minutes, Drexel decided to remove Ainslie Rhoads from the cage and give Erin Gilchrist a chance at goalkeeper.
Five minutes after the replacement, freshman Amelia lacobucci (Malvern, Pa.) put a shot on goal, which was saved by Gilchrist. Luckily, Lewis caught the ball off the rebound at the goal line before slipping it past the keeper to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead.
UConn got the second half scoring started after Veitner set up the corner, getting the ball into Upton. Upton pulled back and fired a shot towards the cage and sophomore Casey Umstead (Sellersville, Pa.) deflected the ball in for the tally.
Senior Mckenzie Townsend (Harpursville, Pa.) launched a shot towards goal that was blocked by Drexel's defense. In the right place at the right time, freshman Amanda Collins (Binghamton, N.Y.) sent the blocked shot back into the net.
Veitner delivered an impressive goal to close out the game after she had to wind her way through traffic before taking a diving shot to put UConn ahead 6-0.
The Huskies get to head back to Storrs for a weekend of back-to-back games beginning with Big East foe Old Dominion on Saturday, Oct. 17 at noon. UConn will follow up with Boston University on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m.
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