Nov. 2, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two minutes into sudden victory overtime, graduate student back Louisa Boddy (Derbyshire, England) propelled the No. 5 University of Connecticut field hockey team into the BIG EAST Championship game with a 2-1 victory over No. 25 Louisville at Trager Stadium. The Huskies (17-2) advanced to face Syracuse in the title game Sunday at 1:00 pm. For Boddy it was her team-leading 15th goal of the season.
The goal was set up by a corner taken by senior back Vicky Arthur (Kensington, Md.) that was played to sophomore forward Chloe Hunnable (Chelmsford, England), who was credited with the assist on the play.
Connecticut is now 7-0 against Louisville all time at the BIG EAST Championship. The Huskies improved to 8-2 this season against ranked opponents as they move on to their 20th trip to the championship tilt.
The scoring started in the 61st minute when UConn got on the board first. Arthur picked up a loose ball in front of the net and fired it home for her seventh goal of the season.
With just over three minutes left to play in regulation, UofL tied the game following its second corner of the game. Senior forward Amber Thomas turned and shot as the Connecticut goalie came off her line to post her 10th goal of the year and force overtime.
The two teams played to a scoreless tie in the first 35 minutes of action. UofL had the first scoring chance of the game in the 11th minute when UConn junior goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield (Cornwall, England) came out of the cage and attempted to clear a ball. The Cardinals managed a shot from the right of the goal that skipped along the goal-line and out of bounds.
Junior midfielder Marie Elena Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.), the league’s Offensive Player of the Year, went one-on-one with Louisville senior goalie Erin Conrad in the 18th minute. Conrad got a stick on Bolles’ shot, but the ball continued to bounce toward the goal until freshman back Olivia Cabral knocked the ball out of mid-air away from the net.
The first penalty corner of the game didn’t come until the 33rd minute of play. Arthur sent the corner in to sophomore mid Chrissy Donovan (West Lawn, Pa.), who settled the ball for a shot by Boddy that was turned away by Conrad.
The Cardinals had their first penalty corner chance come five minutes into the second half. Freshman mid Elisa Garcia had her shot saved by Mansfield. The Huskies came back with another penalty corner opportunity, but Conrad smothered a shot off the stick of Hunnable.
In the 59th minute, UConn appeared to have broken the scoreless tie when Bolles put in a rebound off a shot by Boddy that came from a feed off of a penalty corner try. After the official signaled a goal it was soon overturned.
Mansfield totaled five saves in the win, while Conrad had four as Connecticut outshot Louisville, 9-6.