New Hampshire women's soccer defeated by Northeastern, 4-0

BOSTON, Mass. - The Northeastern University women's soccer team broke open a close game with three second-half goals en route to a 4-0 America East victory against the University of New Hampshire at Wentworth's Sweeney Field on Saturday afternoon.

UNH, which played its fifth consecutive road game, fell to 2-8-0 overall and 0-3-0 in the conference. Northeastern improved to 9-1-1, 3-1-0.

Jenna Thompson opened the scoring in the 14th minute. The Huskies netted second-half goals by Kate Mercier (59:50), Tanya Mello (66:49) and Kelly Smith (84:21).

Senior goalkeeper Steph Springer (Solana Beach, Calif.) played the initial 74:32 of the game and recorded nine saves while surrendering three goals. Sophomore Kristen Ouellette (Weatogue, Conn.) allowed one goal and stopped two shots.

NU goalkeeper Shellie Parkinson earned the win by making seven saves. Sarah Reidel was credited with two saves in the final 13 minutes.

New Hampshire plays game six of its seven-game road swing Oct. 7 (7 p.m.) against Army. The next home game is Oct. 13 (3 p.m.) vs. Vermont.

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