No. 1 UConn Field Hockey faced their toughest opponent yet this weekend, facing off against reigning National Champions No. 5 Delaware on Sunday. This 1-0 overtime victory capped off yet another undefeated weekend for the Huskies as they defeated Temple 4-1 on Friday.
Game one took place in Philadelphia against Big East foe, Temple University. The first half proved difficult for the Huskies as they couldn’t find a way to overcome the Temple defense. UConn outshot the Owls 11-0 and had a 5-0 advantage in penalty corners, but the two sides still found themselves scoreless after the first half was finished.
The second half was a different story. The Huskies offense came alive and managed four goals in an eleven minute period. Barbara van den Hoogen kicked things off in the 53rd, converting a penalty corner with the help of teammates Margot Colenbrander and Svea Boker. Amanda Colllins followed it up in the 57th, with another helper from Boker.
Temple got in the board shortly after, knocking one in in the 59th to cut UConn’s lead to 2-1. Mia Sexton would get credit with an assist from Jessika Daniels.
Despite the push from the Owls, the Huskies would run away with this one, scoring in the 61st and the 64th for the final 4-1 score. The first of the goals came via Colenbrander, with Boker notching her third helper of the game. The final goal came on a penalty corner. Casey Umstead got her fifth goal of the season with an assist from Collins as UConn stayed undefeated in the season.
UConn’s second tilt of the weekend kicked off at noon on Sunday against the National Champions in Delaware. The game went into overtime as the two teams stayed scoreless through regulation. UConn outshot Delaware 12-7 through the first seventy minutes, with six shots on goal to Delaware’s five. UConn also led in penalty corners 9-6.
The overtime period was also gridlocked. In the 80th, Charlotte Veitner took a penalty corner that led to a shot from Umstead, but the shot was blocked. In the 82nd, Collins took a shot that was saved by Delaware’s goalkeeper, Emmeline Oltmans. However, she couldn’t stop the rebound as Veitner got one in the net to give UConn the 1-0 win. It was Veitner’s 13th goal of the season. With that goal, Charlotte Veitner tied the all-time goals record in program history, the 97th of her career at UConn.
With the win over Delaware, the Huskies remain no. 1 and move on the 9-0 on the season, 2-0 in the conference. UConn heads back home next weekend to take on Big East foe, Providence, on Friday Night, followed by a Sunday matinee against UMass. Both games will be at the George J. Sherman Family Complex.
Rachel Schaefer is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at email@example.com.