The UConn men’s soccer team is set to play their second game of the week this Friday, as they head back to Dillon Stadium to take on Columbia University. The Huskies are coming off a strong performance against Manhattan College in which they came out on top 2-0 and will look to add another win to their total against the Lions.
For the second-consecutive weekend, the UConn field hockey team will hit the road for a pair of contests. First up is Big East rival Quinnipiac on Friday before a top-10 matchup with sixth-ranked Princeton. Now No. 4 and with a blemish on their record, the Huskies will look to continue their dominant season into conference play that includes three shutouts.
The UConn women’s basketball program continues to provide some of the faces of the WNBA. The latest is Napheesa Collier, who was named the 2019 WNBA Rookie of the Year last week. Collier was drafted sixth overall in this year’s draft by the Minnesota Lynx, and she quickly became one of the team’s most important players.
While the UConn football team did not have a game this weekend, there were still plenty of exciting matchups across the American Athletic Conference. If you like high scoring football, then you had plenty to be excited about this weekend, with Temple being the only non-blowout of the games this past weekend. UCF managed to stay unbeaten on the season as well, securing a win over Stanford.
After four-straight wins to open the season, all against top-ranked opponents, the No. 3 UConn field hockey team suffered its first defeat of the season in a road matchup against the No. 11 Michigan Wolverines Friday night. Fortunately, the Huskies were able to salvage their weekend trip with a win over Michigan State on Sunday.
The Huskies (5-1) have only trailed in a game once this season (2-0 against Stanford) before Friday. The Wolverines (3-2) pounced on the scoreboard, scoring a goal at the 20-minute mark and another just over eight minutes later to take a commanding two-goal lead into the half.
Senior Svea Boker embraced the “comeback kids” mindset, scoring UConn’s first goal of the day almost eight minutes into the third quarter. The senior forward snuck a reverse chip shot up high for her third goal on the season.
Michigan seemingly put the dagger in the heart of the Huskies when they scored a third goal with under five-minutes left to play, but the Huskies were not about to roll over. Going shot-for-shot with the Wolverines, each side put up 11 shots and seven on goal.
Though they were not able to capitalize on any penalty corner opportunities, all of which occured in the fourth quarter, the Huskies kept their hopes alive with a last second goal. Sophomore Maddy Wray was able to tap one in from the right side with just 44 seconds left in regulation.
The comeback attempt would end there, with the final score reading 3-2. Michigan successfully avenged a 2-1 loss a year ago when the then-ranked No. 5 Wolverines made the trip to Storrs to face a top-ranked Huskies squad.
After a four-save effort in Friday’s loss in Ann Arbor, Cheyenne Sprecher and the UConn defense posted the season’s third shutout in East Lansing, winning 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.
The Huskies dominated No. 25 Michigan State (4-2), outshooting the Spartans 30-2 and needing Sprecher to make one, lone save.
After going 0-for-3 on penalty corner attempts against Michigan, Abby Gooderham & Co. took the ball from the corner 12 times and scored twice. At the 14:42 mark, Gooderham notched her first goal of the game with senior Antonia Tiedtke and freshman Sophie Hamilton earning assists on the play.
Gooderham, a sophomore out of Norwich, England, posted a number of season-high stats in the shutout win with eight shots and three shots on goal, on top of being responsible for both goals scored.
Her second goal came on a second-half penalty corner, with Tiedtke earning her second assist in the contest. Boker was also in on the play for her third assist of 2019, capping off a 12-2 advantage on penalty corners in the shutout win.
The Huskies have had the Spartans’ number in their history together. A season ago, the Huskies shutout MSU 5-0 in dominant fashion when the Spartans paid a visit to the George J. Sherman family complex. Overall, the Huskies now own a perfect 11-0 record over the Spartans and have scored 41 goals in the rivalry’s history.
Next time out, the Huskies travel to Hamden, CT. to open conference play against BIG EAST rival Quinnipiac on Friday, Sept. 20. UConn won’t play a home game until they matchup with Old Dominion on Friday, Sept. 27.
Kevin Arnold is the associate sports editor for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The UConn football team hung with Illinois on Saturday in a 31-23 loss, but that was one of the only close games the American Athletic Conference had to offer in Week Two. USF played a tight game with Georgia Tech, but the rest of the games were blowouts, some in favor of the AAC teams and others not so much.