Oct. 22, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. –The Huskies suffered a heartbreaking defeat on Saturday afternoon on the road against BIG EAST rival Providence with a 2-1 season-ending loss. The Huskies conclude the 2011 campaign with a 7-8-2 (4-5-2 BIG EAST) record and will not make the BIG EAST tournament for the first time since 1993, the first year of BIG EAST Tournament play.
Despite senior forward Jessica Shufelt (Rochester, N.Y.) giving the Huskies a 1-0 advantage, the Friars came from behind to score two goals in the final ten minutes of the game to clinch the win and a spot in the BIG EAST tournament.
UConn, who entered the match with a 27-1-1 series history, outshot Providence 11-8 as senior keeper Jessica Dulski (Pittsford, N.Y.) had three saves and Friar goalie Caitlin Walker finished with four saves.
Providence forward Laura DiClemente was the Friars hero of the day, scoring both goals continuing to add to her team-high nine season goals.
Nearly ten minutes into the game the Huskies had the first shot of the game with sophomore midfielder Devin Prendergast (Babylon, N.Y.) taking her go to shot from thirty yards out with it sailing over the crossbar.
Redshirt junior Danielle Schulmann (Saddle River, N.J.) had a chance to give UConn a lead with five minutes remaining in the opening half, but Friars goalie Caitlin Walker made a clutch save to keep the game at 0-0. With zeros on the board, both teams entered halftime with Connecticut tallying five shots and Providence with three.
Shufelt gave the Huskies a 1-0 advantage after capitalizing on the Friars turnover and put the ball over the hands of Walker. Redshirt senior Courtney Wilkinson-Maitland (Candiac, Quebec) was credited with the assist.
Shufelt’s 58:28 score is her second goal of the year and she leads the team in assists with three.
The Huskies were called for a foul outside the box giving the Friars a free kick from 15 yards out. Providence would turn to its leading scorer, DiClemente, to take the free kick as she found the back of the net sending the ball past Dulski to even the contest at 1-1 at 80:59.
With 38 seconds remaining in regulation DiClemente would put an end to UConn’s 2011 season with a goal from 25 yards out after the ball ricocheted around the players off of a corner kick and she connected for the game-winning goal.
The Huskies lose six seniors, including Dulski and Shufelt, but return top scorer Schulmann and several other key components for the 2012 season.