STORRS, Conn. - The journey continues. The No. 1 University of Connecticut field hockey team opened NCAA Tournament play Saturday with a 3-1 first round win against No. 20 Boston University at the Sherman-Family Complex. Lead offensively by senior Charlotte Veitner's two goals, the Huskies pushed their 2017 fall record to 20-0.
"Give a alot of credit to Boston University for playing great defense," said Head Coach Nancy Stevens. "Their game plan was to put as many people as they could between the ball and the goal and they did a good job of that. They limited our socring opportunities but they were able to come through. Char had two great goals that led us to victory and we are in a reallu good place right now."
With the win, UConn earns a spot in the NCAA second round game and will face No. 6 Penn State on Sunday, November 12. The contest is slated to begin at 2 p.m. The winner of tomorrow's contest will earn a spot in the NCAA Final Four in Louisville, Ky. LIVE STATS | WATCH LIVE
The Huskies improve to 30-8 in the all-time series against the Terries and 2-0 this season after beating Boston University earlier this fall, 8-1. Junior Amanda Collins netted the game-winning goal in the 28th minute with a backhanded shot from the top of the circle, beating Boston University's goalkeeper top shelf.
Veitner, the nation's leading goal scorer, notched her 113th and 114th career goal, respectively, with a pair of deflections in the tilt. It took the senior less than three minutes to break open the scoring for a 1-0 lead. Veitner later added an insurance goal in the second half (47:51), securing the 3-1 victory, for her seventh multi-goal game this fall.
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Veitner paced all players with four points (2g) while Collins added three points of her own (1g, 1a). Boston University's Ailsa Connolly scored the lone goal for her squad as the Terries were held to just three shots.
The Huskies won their 17th game of the season by a margin of two goals or more. UConn is outscoring opponents 94-11 this fall and rank first in the nation with a 4.23 scoring margin. Goalkeeper Nina Klein and the Huskies have allowed just one goal in its past three games. Klein has limited opponents to one or fewer goals on 18 different occasions in 2017.
UConn finished the game with 14 shots, eight coming in the first half, and held the 4-0 edge in penalty shots.
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