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No. 5 Field Hockey Finishes Non-Conference Schedule With a 4-3 Win Over Princeton

Charlotte Veitner became the first Husky to record double-digit goals this season (10).
Oct. 26, 2014

Final Stats | Photo Gallery (Photos by Beth Strauss)

PRINCETON, N.J. – Freshman forward Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) scored two goals to propel the No. 5 University of Connecticut field hockey team to a 4-3 win over Princeton on Sunday afternoon in the team’s non-conference finale. With the win, the Huskies improve to 13-2 (4-0 Big East) and finishes up non-conference play with eight wins, while the Tigers slide to 5-10 (4-1, Ivy League).

Connecticut has now won 14 of 21 all-time meetings with their out-of-state foes since the two squads first met on the pitch in the 1996 season.

Princeton opened the scoring late in the first half, taking advantage of a penalty corner attempt. Hailey Reeves inserted the ball on the corner and cut to the near post where she received a pass from Sydney Kirby and finished with a shot into the left corner of the net.

Connecticut answered 53 seconds later when Mckenzie Townsend registered her second score of the year at the 30:23 mark, taking advantage of a deflected ball in the middle of the circle. The Tigers headed to the locker room with a 2-1 edge when Maddie Copeland scored with just 16 seconds remaining.


 

 

Chloe Hunnable (Halstead, England) wasted no time drawing the Huskies even in the second half, collecting the ball at the top right of the circle and cutting back to the middle before depositing the ball past the Tiger’s keeper. For Hunnable, it marked her seventh goal of the year and 62nd of her career.

Less than four minutes later, Veitner and the Huskies executed a nifty penalty corner play as Upton threaded a pass back to the freshman, who tallied on the near post.

The Tigers pulled even at three with under 25 minutes to play but Veitner had an answer, scoring the game-winner at the 51:53 mark after she collected a rebound in the right edge of the circle.

Veitner now has a team-high 29 points and becomes UConn’s first double-digit goal scorer (10) in 2014.

Connecticut has now won 14 of 21 all-time meetings with their out-of-state foes since the two squads first met on the pitch in the 1996 season.

Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) collected her 13th win of the season, making one save in the victory. Her counterpart, Anya Gersoff, turned away seven Husky shots but allowed all four UConn goals.

The Huskies finish off regular season action against Temple on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. Connecticut claimed a share of the 2014 conference title with a win over Villanova on Friday and can claim the regular season crown outright with a victory over the Owls.

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