BOSTON- Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) rose to the occasion as the No. 6 University of Connecticut field hockey team downed Boston University, 2-1, in a penalty shoot-out on Sunday afternoon at New Balance Field in Boston, Mass. With the win, the Huskies improve to 9-2 (2-0 Big East), while the Terriers drop to 7-6 overall.
The Huskies have now won three consecutive games and improve to 26-8 in their all-time series against BU.
After a scoreless first half, the Huskies jumped on the board first when freshman Casey Umstead (Sellersville, Pa.) continued her recent string of strong play with a goal at the 46:59 mark. The Husky forward snuck a shot into the bottom left of the cage on a penalty corner attempt. For Umstead, it marked her fifth tally of the year.
Boston University responded 17 minutes later when Amanda Cassera took a long pass on a breakaway and drove to the middle of the circle before faking left and depositing a shot into the net on the far post.
The Huskies held a 4-to-1 shot advantage in two 15-minute overtime periods but neither team was able to find the back of the net as the game headed to a shoot-out. After Klein turned away the first BU attempt, senior captain Chrissy Davidson (West Lawn, Pa.) buried her attempt to give the Huskies a 1-0 edge in the best-of-five series. Both squads missed their next two attempts before Umstead finished off the game by converting on an attempt and giving UConn a 2-0 win in the shoot-out.
Connecticut dominated the total scoring chances, holding a 17-to-4 overall shot advantage as well as a 7-to-0 edge in penalty corner attempts.
Klein finished her afternoon with two saves en route to her ninth victory of the year. Her counterpart, Valentina Cerda made 11 saves in the BU setback.
The Huskies will round out regular season home action next weekend with a pair of games against Providence (Oct. 17) and Yale (Oct. 19). Fans, please be advised that Friday’s contest against the Friars has been changed to a 5 p.m. start time.