Oct. 14, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - Freshman midfielder Sophie Bowden scored the first goal of her young career and junior All-American goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield made it stand up as the No. 4 University of Connecticut field hockey team defeated No. 13 Stanford, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs, Conn. With the win, the Huskies round out an undefeated home record in 2012 and improve to 15-0 on the season. The Cardinal slip to 9-6 on the year.
UConn completes the home portion of the 2012 regular season with a 9-0 mark and has now won 16-consecutive games in Storrs. The Huskies have also won 22 of their last 22 games at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.
The Huskies improve to 4-0 all-time against Stanford and 6-0 against ranked opponents during the 2012 campaign.
Bowden's first goal came 4:36 into the second half. Junior forward Marie Elena Bolles dribbled up the sideline and split the Cardinal defense along the way. She managed to find her way to the baseline and dished the ball to Bowden who was open in the middle of the circle, near the net. Bowden controlled the pass and slipped it past Dulcie Davies to give the Huskies all the offense they would need.
The Huskies looked like they had taken a 1-0 edge midway through the first half after sophomore forward Chloe Hunnable drilled a shot towards the net during a corner opportunity. The ball found its way into the back of the net but it was ruled that the ball had hit off the foot of a UConn player, therefore disallowing the score.
UConn out-shot Stanford by a 9-7 margin and held a 3-1 edge in shots on goal. The Huskies created four penalty corners while Stanford created three.
Mansfield notched her sixth shutout of the season, stopping one shot en route to shrinking her goals against average to a miniscule 0.67. Davies made two saves for Stanford.
The Huskies are back in action on Thursday, October 18 when the team travels up the Mass. Pike to take on Boston College. Game time is set for 7 p.m.