STORRS, Conn. – The No. 2 University of Connecticut field hockey team tallied its sixth-straight shutout with a 1-0 victory over Big East Conference rival No. 11 Old Dominion on Saturday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex. With the win, the Huskies move to 14-0 (3-0, Big East) while the Lady Monarchs fall to 8-5 (1-1, Big East).
Freshman Amelia Iacobucci (Malvern, Pa.) scored the game-winner after 21:33 of play to help UConn remain undefeated and extend its 28-game winning streak, dating back to 2014. Junior Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany) fired a shot through the box that ricocheted off the high post. Iacobucci was there to catch the rebound and tip the ball past ODU’s net-minder Kealsie Robles. It was seventh goal for the rookie this season.
The Huskies had four penalty corner attempts and outshout their conference foe, 12-6.
Three minutes into the game, sophomore Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) squared off against Robles at close range before slapping a shot towards goal that was ultimately saved.
In the eighth minute, Middendorf found the back of the net but the goal was waved off by the officials.
In the second half, senior Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) sliced the ball through the middle of the field to Veitner, who tried to gain control of the pass but ended up taking a diving shot that went wide. Both of Middendorf’s shots resulted in defensive saves for the Lady Monarchs. Sophomore Casey Umstead (Sellersville, Pa.) sent a shot sailing high over the cage after classmate Karlie Heistand (Hamburg, Pa.) smacked one wide.
Redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) picked up her fifth consecutive and seventh overall solo shutout after coming up huge with three saves in the second half.
Connecticut is yet to allow an opponent to score in the first half this season and has not conceded a goal since Sept. 25.
The Huskies have a quick turnaround as they prepare to host No. 17 Boston University on Sunday, Oct. 18. Action is set to begin at 3 p.m.