STORRS, Conn. — Senior Jestine Angelini scored a pair of goals and classmate Cara Silverman netted the game-winner to propel Connecticut past Penn State by a 3-2 count on Sunday afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the 2011 NCAA tournament.
With the win, UConn clinches a berth into the national semifinal for the 10th time in school history, including the third time in the last six years. The Huskies, winners of two national championships, now improve to 28-20 all-time in NCAA tournament play.
Connecticut, 19-2 and ranked No. 5 nationally, will square-off against No. 1 North Carolina in Friday’s national semifinal in Louisville. UNC is 22-1 overall this season.
UConn is now 7-2 this season against ranked opponents and the team improves to 10-7 all-time in NCAA quarterfinal games.
The Nittany Lions got on the board first when Jenna Chrismer netted a goal at the 21:51 mark. The Lions would take that edge into intermission but Jestine Angelini’s score just 5:46 into the second stanza knotted it up. Angelini scored off a corner after taking a feed from the familiar combination of senior back Kim Krzyk and Allison Angulo.
Angelini’s goal got the UConn offense rolling and Silverman capitalized on the momentum with her fifth goal of the season. Most of those five goals were big ones as Sunday’s goal from Silverman turned out to be her third game-winner of the season.
Jestine Angelini would add some much-needed insurance with her second goal of the afternoon on another corner with less than five minutes remaining. Kelsey Amy made the last 1:55 interesting when she cut the UConn lead to 3-2 but that was as close as the Lions would get and the Huskies punched their tickets to the National Semifinal. All-Big East first team selection Sarah Mansfield made three saves in net for the Huskies while Penn State’s Ayla Halus stopped six shots.