Oct. 2, 2010

Courtesy of Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - - Junior Hayley Turner scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in overtime as the tenth-ranked University of Louisville field hockey team upset No. 5 Connecticut 3-2 in a BIG EAST Conference game Saturday at Trager Stadium. The Cardinals (7-3, 2-1) and the Huskies (8-2, 2-1) were playing in front of a regular season record crowd of 741 at Trager Stadium.

"Today was an important result for our team," said U of L head coach Pam Bustin. "We have had battles throughout the season and today was yet another. The difference today was that Team Cardinal kept the faith and stayed together until we finished. I could not be prouder of this team than I am at this moment."

The Cards immediately took control, applying pressure on the Connecticut defense through much of the first half. Louisville broke through with about eight minutes remaining in the half when senior Simone Attles gathered the ball in the right corner of the circle and sent a pass to senior Nikki Auker who was stationed on the right post to connect on her second goal of the season. U of L took the 1-0 lead into halftime after outshooting the Huskies 10-2 and holding a 6-0 lead in penalty corners.

In the second half, Connecticut gained the offensive advantage, drawing six corners and firing off five shots in the first 10 minutes. Midway through the half, Anne Jeute tied the game at 1-1 when she received a pass from Melissa Gonzalez and slipped past Cardinal goalkeeper Erin Conrad for the equalizer.

Three minutes later, after a UConn corner was broken up, Ali Blankmeyer was able to get to the ball and fire off a shot from the top of the circle to give the Huskies a 2-1 lead at the 55:18 mark.

The Cardinal defense held strong through four more Connecticut corners as the clock began to wind down. With less than three minutes remaining in regulation, the Cards made their way back to their offensive circle earned their first corner of the half. Senior Nicole Youman sent a pass from the top of the circle to Turner who was posted on the left side of the cage to tie the game at 2-2 with 1:15 left to play.

With the score knotted at 2-2, the Cardinals took the momentum into the 15 minute overtime period. The Huskies made their way into their circle and had an early opportunity to score, but Jeute's shot sailed wide. The teams settled into midfield play before Louisville regained control of the ball and drew another corner after a green card was issued to UConn's Rayell Heistand. Youman and Turner combined for a repeat performance of their previous goal to give the Cards the 3-2 victory.

In the game, the Cards outshot the Huskies 13-12, while UConn held a 12-8 advantage in corners. Conrad (7-3) posted four saves in the win, while Sarah Mansfield (8-2) had five stops in the loss.