Everyone knew that coming into this one was going to be the Owls toughest test of the season. And after 70 minutes of play UConn showed why they are ranked #2 in the nation.
The Huskies (12-0) scored 5 first half goals and added three more in the second half as they knocked off the Owls (3-9) by a score of 8-0.
Throughout the game, UConn did not allow Temple to get anything going on offense as they held the Owls to just 2 penalty corners and one shot on goal.
As for the Huskies offense, they constantly had possession of the ball on Temple’s side of the field and they were able to rack up 13 penalty corners and 20 shots on goal.
UConn got the scoring started about 10 minutes into the game as sophomore forward Charlotte Veitner was able to deflect a shot into the back of the net off a penalty corner to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead. It was Veitner’s first of three goals on the day and she now sits at 26 goals for the season, which is best in the nation.
Once the Huskies got their first goal, their offense started rolling as they scored again in the 20th, 26th, 32nd, and 35th minutes of the game to give them a 5-0 lead at half. Two of those goals came off penalty corners and one came off of a penalty stroke, which was scored by senior midfielder Roisin Upton.
Then in the second half, Veitner found the back of the net in the 46th minute and again in the 50th minute to complete the hat trick. She also recorded two assists in the game.
The best chance for Temple in this game came on a penalty corner in the 70th minute as sophomore forward Sarah Keer got off a good shot, but Huskies goalie Nina Klein made a diving save and UConn cleared the ball to end the game.
Although Temple let up eight goals, senior goalie Haley Mitchell made a number of spectacular saves and did all she could against a Huskies offense that had her under constant pressure for about the entire game.
Temple will look to put an end to their five game losing streak when they take on Bucknell, the Owls homecoming game, on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Geasey Field.