Skelley's goal lifts Wildcats
DURHAM, N.H. -- Kaitlyn Skelley (Wolfeboro, N.H.) scored in the ninth minute and it proved to be the only goal of the game as the University of New Hampshire field hockey team defeated the University of Vermont, 1-0, in Sunday afternoon's America East matchup at Memorial Field.
UNH (3-13 overall, 1-3 America East) took a 1-0 lead at 8:14 off a penalty corner when the hit from the top of the circle by MacKenzie Stuart (Washington Depot, Conn.) was tipped high into the cage from the middle of the circle by Skelley.
Wildcat goalkeeper Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) made one save to record her first shutout of the season and fourth of her career. UNH shut down the Catamount attack in the second half as the Catamounts did not record a shot after halftime.
UVM goalkeeper Ariel Eber was credited with two saves as the Catamounts fell to 2-13, 1-3.
New Hampshire controlled play through the second half and had a flurry of excellent scoring opportunities midway through the period. Moments after UVM called time out at 51:22, the home 'Cats stole the ball and a redirection by Skelley rolled just wide left of the cage.
With 13:30 remaining in the game, a centering pass from the left wing by Liz Edwards (Essex Fells, N.J.) rolled across an open goalmouth barely out of the reach of Katie White (Glens Falls, N.Y.). Minutes later, Eber made a spectacular diving save against White, whose shot from the middle of the circle was headed inside the left post.
UNH returns to action Oct. 23 (1 p.m.) at UMBC. The next Wildcat home game will be Senior Day on Oct. 30 vs. Boston University. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.