UNH field hockey shuts down St. Louis, 2-0

Shute records first career shutout with three saves

Margaux Shute

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Michelle Tavener (Winchester, Mass.) scored in the 16th minute and Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) recorded her first career shutout with a three-save effort to lead the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 2-0 non-conference road victory against St. Louis University.

UNH evened its record at 2-2 overall and SLU is now 2-1.

The Wildcats were awarded a penalty stroke at 15:59 when SLU goalkeeper Amy Wasserman was whistled for a foul inside the circle. Tavener, who also scored on a penalty stroke in the season opener vs. Indiana, converted the opportunity to give the 'Cats a 1-0 lead.

UNH continued to carry play and took that 1-0 lead - and a 5-0 shot advantage - into halftime.

Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) extended UNH's lead to 2-0 at 53:14 when she scored off a rebound in front.

Shute made all three saves in the second half. Wasserman was credited with four saves, all in the first half.

"It was important that we came back and settled in today, and the shutout was important too," UNH head coach Robin Baldcucci said. "Our young kids played really well. As a team we were very aggressive. We stepped up our defense and played tremendously, and we were able to generate offense off of that effort."

New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 8 (7 p.m.) at Harvard University. The next Wildcat home game is Sept. 11 (1 p.m.) vs. Rider.

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