LOUISVILLE, Ky. (News Release) – The University of Louisville field hockey team fell 2-1 to No. 3 Connecticut Saturday afternoon at Trager Stadium in a BIG EAST Conference matchup. The Cards fall to 7-6 on the season and 1-2 in league play while the Huskies remain undefeated on the year at 13-0 and 4-0 in the conference.
“I’m really proud of our team right now,” said U of L head coach Justine Sowry. “We had a great week of training and we were prepared for everything they threw at us. At the end of the day if you look at it, UConn’s penalty corner unit does it again. They made some quality shots, but we continued to fight back for 70 minutes and that’s something I expect now. We were a little unlucky not to put the ball in the back of the net.”
The Cardinals had some early scoring opportunities when they drew a corner just under two minutes into the game. Freshman Elisa Garcia’s shot was saved by Connecticut goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield. Five minutes later, Mansfield turned back
sophomore Becca Maddock’s penalty corner shot.
The teams played through 20 scoreless minutes before the Huskies broke through with a goal at the 20:43 mark. UConn capitalized on its first penalty corner of the game when Louis Boddy connected on assists from Chrissy Davidson and Vicky Arthur to put the Huskies on the scoreboard. Three minutes later, the same combination of players put UConn up 2-0.
The teams entered halftime with the Huskies holding a 2-0 lead and a 4-3 edge in shots. The teams had three penalty corners apiece.
UConn opened the second half by drawing two penalty corners and firing off five shots in the first four minutes. Louisville regrouped and got on the scoreboard at the 49:36 mark when sophomore Alyssa Voelmle's pass from outside the circle found Maddock's stick and got past Mansfield for her team-leading eighth goal of the season
The Cards gained an advantage when a yellow card sent Connecticut’s Roisin Upton to the sideline at the 54:03 mark leaving UConn with only 10 players on the field for five minutes . During that time, the Cardinals pressed, but Maddock’s shot was stopped by Mansfield. Shortly after the Huskies returned to full strength they were awarded a penalty corner and Boddy’s shot was stopped by Cardinal goalkeeper for her sixth save of the game.
Sowry called a timeout with just over four minutes left in the game and the Cards returned with 11 field players and no goalkeeper in the cage for one last offensive surge. With less than 20 seconds remaining in the game, junior Erin Schneidtmiller dribbled to the circle and sent a pass to senior Amber Thomas who was posted in front of Mansfield, but could not get a shot off before time expired.
Connecticut outshot Louisville 9-3 in the second half and 13-6 in the game and held a 3-0 advantage in penalty corners in the second half, giving them a 6-3 edge in the game. Conrad had six saves for the Cards while Mansfield had five stops.
“One thing that we have to continue to really focus on is believing that we are capable and that with hard work and persistence we can beat these teams,” said Sowry. “It’s back to the drawing board so we can focus on tomorrow’s game against Iowa and next weekend against Rutgers so we can try to represent at the BIG EAST tournament here at Trager in November.”
The Cardinals (7-6, 1-2 BIG EAST) will face No. 11 Iowa (9-2) Sunday at 1 p.m. at Trager Stadium.