Over a span of three days, two teams and four different goalkeepers, UConn was able to find the back of the net 14 times. Forward Charlotte Veitner scored a team high of six goals against Old Dominion and Boston University.
Veitner now has 12 goals on the season. While the Huskies are getting a tremendous boost from Veitner’s play, head coach Nancy Stevens believes that they’re going to need her scoring touch more and more as the season progresses.
“The great thing is that Charlotte can score from very difficult angles so I think a lot of goalkeepers think they have the shot. She’s just a very gifted scorer,” Stevens said. “We need her to continue to do that but not just in the games where we’re running away with it… We can’t just feast on teams that don’t matchup with us right now very well, we also have to be able to score against the field match-up versus the best teams.”
ODU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT
During Friday’s matinee game against Old Dominion, the only thing more relentless than the sweltering sun was UConn’s offense. Stevens says that the Huskies tried to make the Monarchs run as much as they could.
“Their greatest strength was their effort and they were willing to chase the ball. So part of our tactics were to make them chase the ball,” Stevens said. “We played the long game. We figure if we’re really patient and we made them chase the ball a lot, they would wear out.”
With another game two days later and the heat taking its toll, Stevens went to her reserves more than normal. It all added up to a total team victory as UConn got six goals from four different players in the 6-0 victory.
TWO GOALIES ARENT ENOUGH FOR BU
Boston University protects it’s net via committee. Kathleen Keegan and Millie Baker swap goalkeeping duties at halftime, with Keegan taking the first half and Baker finishing off the game in the second half.
Neither goalkeeper was able to do much of anything to stop UConn’s attack on Sunday.
The Huskies put up five goals on Keegan in the first half on 13 shots. Baker didn’t fare much better, letting up three goals on 10 shots.
UConn’s eight goals were a season high in the 8-1 win.
With a 7-0 record and a No.1 ranking, one wouldn’t blame UConn for being a little high on themselves, but Stevens says keeping things in perspective will never be a problem for her team.
“I’ve been a head coach for 38 years. I told them ‘I’m going to coach my tail off, can you keep up?’” Stevens said. “There’s no fear of them becoming complacent or not training hard; that doesn’t happen in the program.”
UConn will spend next weekend on the road. The Huskies will make a pit stop in the city of brotherly love to take on Temple next Friday at 6:00 p.m. before heading to the University of Delaware to take on the defending national champions next Sunday. That potential championship preview will get underway at noon.
Bryan Lambert is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.