NEW YORK – University of Connecticut sophomore forward Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) earned her fourth Big East Offensive Player of the Week honor, as announced by the conference on Monday afternoon.
Veitner delivered the game-winner to lift the Huskies past Stanford, 3-2, on Friday. With just under two minutes left in regulation, Veitner dodged around the Cardinal defenders before she lifted the ball over the goalie to clinch the win. She tallied her fourth hat trick of the season along with an assist in UConn’s 10-0 victory over California on Sunday. Veitner scored her first goal of the game after senior midfielder Roisin Upton (Limerick, England) slapped the ball down the middle of the field to Veitner, who cut around the Bears defense and dribbled around the keeper to put UConn up 1-0. She unleashed back-to-back shots into the goalies’ shin before she caught her own rebound and flicked it into the cage for another goal. Veitner sealed the trio by cutting in from the left side to tip in Upton’s shot.
Through nine games, Veitner ranks second nationally among Division I leaders in points per game (4.78) and goals per game (2.11), which tops the Big East. She leads the team and conference with 14 goals and 29 points while also ranking third in assists per game (0.56).
Upton and senior midfielder Sophie Bowden (Somerset, England) were named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll. Upton notched two goals and two assists against California by capitalizing on two penalty corners after she launched both shots into the net from the top of the circle. Upton also assisted one of Bowden’s two goals against Stanford.
Bowden scored her first goal of the season against the Cardinal after Upton powered a shot towards the cage and while the ball was still in the air, Bowden cut in from the right side and clipped it in off the end of her stick. Just before halftime, Veitner’s shot ricocheted off the pads of Stanford’s net-minder to Bowden, who picked up the ball and tipped it in for UConn’s 2-0 edge. Bowden also chipped in Veitner's shot against California.
The Huskies close out their homestand on Saturday, Oct. 3 when they open Big East play against Villanova at noon.
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