Sept. 23, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - It was a disciplined-defensive game for Villanova (4-5) Sunday afternoon as they fell short to the No. 5 ranked team Connecticut (9-0) 1-0 at Villanova Stadium. The Wildcats held the Huskies scoreless in the first period, but a late goal by Louisa Boddy off a pass on a corner play in the 66th minute gave UConn the BIG EAST contest victory.
Connecticut completely dominated offensively over both periods, outshooting Villanova 28-1 and had a 12-1 advantage on penalty corners. But the Huskies' quick movements in the circle were shut-down by a poised and powerful Wildcat defensive end.
Head Coach Joanie Milhous and her team proved they could hang with a dominant powerhouse like UConn and she described the game saying, "This game was an incredible defensive effort. The girls showed discipline, and not just the defensive backs, but the midfield stepped up in stopping UConn from scoring."
Midfielders Keira Zambon and Amy Jackson battled hard to get the ball up to the attack line and aided the defense in shutting down Connecticut's top-scoring players Marie Elena Bolles and Chloe Hunnable.
But the true star of today's game was goaltender Alex Diekmann who posted a career and season-high 14 saves in the cage for the second time this season (also at Syracuse on 9/14). Diekmann now has a total of 71 saves through her nine games. Milhous was especially proud of the way Diekmann stood firm in the cage as she commented, "Diekmann did a great job of not giving up rebounds. She was aggressive in the cage and didn't give them second chances to score."
Connecticut goaltender Sarah Mansfield posted zero saves on the game.
The Wildcats will hope to capture their first BIG EAST win of the season next Saturday, September 29 at Rutgers.