Busque Nets Game Winner In 1-0 OT Victory Over BU

    UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM Jessica Shufelt set up the game-winning play for the Huskies in OT.
    Jessica Shufelt set up the game-winning play for the Huskies in OT.

    Sept. 11, 2009


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    STORRS, Conn. - The international connection was back in action Friday when sophomore Melissa Busque (St. Bruno, Quebec) and freshman Linda Ruutu (Espoo, Finland) connected for the fourth time this season to score the game-winner against Boston University.

    Sophomore Jessica Shufelt (Rochester, N.Y.) set up the whole play getting the ball to Ruutu who sent a cross to the center of the box where Busque tapped in the game winning goal for the second time this season.

    This was the first overtime game for the Huskies in 2009 and the first shutout recorded by a UConn goalie during the season. Sophomore Jessica Dulski (Pittsford, N.Y.) made three saves in her first career shutout.

    The 1-0 overtime victory pushed UConn to 3-2 on the season while BU evened everything up dropping to 2-2-2 on the year.

    There was a lot of back and forth action throughout the game. In the first half, the Huskies had a great opportunity to score when Busque sent a pass to Ruutu who then sent a weak shot to the front of the goal which Busque collected and fired point blank at the goal. The shot was just nicked by the BU goalie Janie Reilly to save the score.

    At the beginning of the second half, the Terriers had their own opportunity for a score. Jessica Luscinski had a couple of laser shots taken at the goal, but a great save by Dulski kept the game even.

    It looked as the Huskies would score first when in the 66th minute of play, senior Brittany Taylor (Campbell Hall, N.Y.) took a free kick from about 10 yards outside the box. Her shot appeared to be heading for the goal but at the last second nicked the post and bounced back out into play.

    Despite some even play in the second half, the Huskies outshot BU 12-5 tallying 14 total shots in regulation to the Terriers' eight.

    The Huskies came out firing in overtime and had a few opportunities to score at the beginning of the extra time period. Busque and Shufelt had strong shots to begin the period and in the 96th minute it appeared as though junior Meghan Cunningham (Simsbury, Conn.) was going to win the game for the Huskies when she drew BU's Reilly out of the goal but her shot didn't have enough on it and defender Laura Schwartz was there to kick the ball away and save the game.

    Just a minute later, Busque knocked in the game winner for the Huskies. The goal was her second of the season.

    Earlier in the day in game one of the UConn Classic, No. 8 Wake Forest and No. 23 Penn State battled to a 1-0 game that the higher seeded Demon Deacons won thanks to Jill Hutchinson's seventh goal of the season. It was the fifth shutout of the season for Wake Forest, who has outscored their opponents 20-2 this season.

    The UConn Classic will continue on Sunday, September 13 at 11:30 a.m. when Penn State meets with Boston University in game one of the day. The Huskies will be back in action against the top-10 Demon Deacons in the final game of the tournament scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.