Nov. 4, 2011
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Senior forward Cara Silverman scored the game-winner with under 10-minutes remaining to cap a 3-2 comeback victory over Louisville in the semifinals of the 2011 BIG EAST Tournament at the J.S. Coyne Stadium in Syracuse, N.Y.
Connecticut improves to 30-10 all time in the BIG EAST Tournament and the team has reached the Finals in 19 of the 22 Tournaments it has played in.
UConn is now 26-4 in its last 30 BIG EAST Tournament contests.
The Huskies will take on either Syracuse or Villanova on Sunday, November 6 at 1 p.m. for the title.
Silverman's goal was her fourth of the season and came at the 60:04 mark. In what has become a familiar combination over the last few years, Silverman took a feed from classmate Ali Blankmeyer, who was posted up in the middle of the circle, and redirected the strike into the back of the net to give the Huskies a lead they would not relinquish.
The assist by Blankmeyer, who was selected to the All-BIG EAST Second Team, was her sixth of the season.
Connecticut out-shot Louisville by a 14-2 margin, not allowing the Cardinals to attempt a shot after their second goal. That second score came at the 10:26 mark. Connecticut applied constant pressure on U of L keeper Erin Conrad and forced her to make nine saves on the day. All-BIG EAST First Teamer Sarah Mansfield was not forced to make a single save for the Huskies.
The Huskies fell behind 2-0 early but Jestine Angelini righted the ship with a goal at 12:19. Connecticut was awarded its first corner of the day and took advantage. Angelini took a feed from Allison Angulo and Kim Krzyk and drilled a shot from the top of the circle hard off the board to cut the Louisville lead in half.
The goal was Angelini's ninth of the year and Krzyk recorded her 10th assist on the play.
The Huskies had a few more chances in the first half and the UConn defense locked U of L down, not allowing the Cardinals to notch another shot after their second goal.
Connecticut knotted the score up at the 41:22 mark after UConn took advantage of another corner. The same combination, Angulo to Krzyk to Angelini, was used but this time Angelini dished to All-BIG EAST First Team selection Anne Jeute, who redirected the ball into past Erin Conrad. The goal was the Jeute's 11th of the season.