DURHAM, N.H. - Freshman midfielder Katie Sullivan (Worcester, Mass.) scored in the 63rd minute and it proved to be the only goal of the game in the University of New Hampshire's 1-0 America East victory against Towson University in women's soccer action at Lewis Fields on Friday afternoon.
With the win, UNH maintains its third-place position in the conference standings with 16 points on a 5-3-1 record. The Wildcats, who have won three of their last four matches, improved to 6-8-1 overall. Towson, which could have tied UNH in the standings with a victory against the 'Cats, is now 4-9-2 overall and 3-5-1 in league play.
The goal was set up on a free kick by Michelle Thornton (Gloucester, Ont.) near the right sideline at midfield. Her service into the penalty box was knocked down by Towson goalie Yasmin Alter (six saves) but Sullivan, who was in the starting lineup for the first time this season, collected the ball and fired a low shot into the open left side of the net from 15 yards out.
Midway through the half, UNH's Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) and Ana Tobon (Philadelphia, Pa.) combined to generate a pair of excellent scoring chances, but Alter turned aside both opportunities.
Towson's best opportunities to tie the game were in the closing minutes. With three minutes remaining, a midfield service by Martha Bielefeld sailed over everyone in the box. Holly Noga chased down the ball and her flick from six yards sailed over the crossbar. In the 88th minute, Maggie Lennon's dangerous header deep in the right side of the box went wide of the near post.
UNH goalkeeper Kristen Ouellette (Simsbury, Conn.) was credited with one save.
In the first half, New Hampshire controlled play early but did not generate dangerous shots. Towson's best scoring chance came midway through the half, when Ouellette charged out of the net to deny Noga from 15 yards on the right side.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 28 with a home match vs. Delaware. Game time is 1 p.m. UNH's Senior Day is the Nov. 2 regular-season finale against Maine. The match, which is the latter part of the men's-women's soccer doubleheader, is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.