DURHAM, N.H. - The sixth-ranked University of Hartford women's soccer team netted two early goals and utilized a possession game in the second half to record a 2-1 America East victory against the University of New Hampshire at Lewis Field on Sunday afternoon.
Hartford, which extended its conference winning streak to 39 games, is now 12-1-0 overall and 6-0-0 in the league. UNH is 4-10-0 overall and 1-4-0 in America East.
Trailing 2-0 at the half, New Hampshire closed within one goal in the 52nd minute. On a corner kick, Kristin Kearney's (Sandown, N.H.) serve from the left side was knocked down by a Hawk defender but not cleared out of the box. Farrell Swain (West Simsbury, Conn.) charged the loose ball and deposited it into the open right side of the net.
The goal was the first allowed by Hartford in 996 minutes, 28 seconds. The Hawks had shut out 10 consecutive opponents.
Hartford played a strong possession game the rest of the half to preserve the victory.
The Hawks took a 1-0 lead 1:46 into the game when Tini Lyng headed Hege Lauvik's serve into the back of the net. Katharina Lindner extended the advantage to 2-0 when she put in her own rebound at 19:03.
New Hampshire's best chance to get on the scoreboard in the first half came in the 10th minute. Sarah Sargent (Glastonbury, Conn.) served the ball from midfield and Melissa Hanke (Manchester, N.H.) ran onto it. She attempted to chip the ball over the charging Anne Lise Nilssen at the top of the box, but Nilssen blocked aside the shot with her right hand and shoulder for her only save in the game.
UNH goalkeeper Kristen Ouellette (Weatogue, Conn.) withstood a few Hartford barrages to keep the 'Cats within striking distance. She finished with a career-high nine saves.
New Hampshire travels to Towson (Oct. 20) and Delaware (Oct. 22) next weekend. The next Wildcats home game is Oct. 27 against Drexel University. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.