Aug 31, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Sophomore Sophie Bowden scored the second goal of her career to lead the fourth-ranked University of Connecticut field hockey team to a 2-1 double-overtime victory over No. 12 Stanford on Saturday afternoon in Palo Alto, Calif. The contest was the season-opener for both teams.
Bowden truly has Stanford’s number as both of her two career goals have come against Stanford and both were scored in game-winning fashion.
With the victory, the Huskies improve to 5-0 all-time against the Cardinal and UConn runs its win streak in season-openers to 11 games. The Huskies’ have won every season opener since the 2002 campaign. Head coach Nancy Stevens improves to 20-4 in season-openers at UConn.
Connecticut is now 17-7 in its last 24 games against ranked teams.
Junior forward Anne Jeute, who was forced to sit out the entire 2012 season due to injury after being honored as a Second-Team All-American in 2011, scored UConn’s first goal after she tipped in a shot attempt from sophomore Roisin Upton.
The two teams remained scoreless for the next 61-minutes until the Cardinal were finally able to get on the board. Jessica Chisholm took a feed from Kelsey Harbin and knotted the score up at the 66:26 mark.
The two teams went back-and-forth for the next 23-minutes until Bowden’s strike from the left wing clinched UConn’s 11th consecutive win in a season-opener.
All-America goaltender Sarah Mansfield made seven saves to help secure the victory, running her career record to 55-12. She is not only three wins shy of tying Danielle Vile’s record of 58 career victories.
The Cardinal held an 8-5 edge in shots on goal and a 5-2 advantage in penalty corners.
UConn is back in action tomorrow, when the team remains in Palo Alto to square-off against Cal. Game time is set for 3 p.m. EDT.