DURHAM, N.H. - Caryn Blood scored one goal and set up another to lead the University of Delaware women's soccer team to Sunday afternoon's 2-0 America East victory against the University of New Hampshire at Lewis Fields.
Despite the loss, New Hampshire (6-9-3 overall, 5-4-1 America East) clinched a conference tournament berth on Sunday. With 16 points, UNH is tied with Delaware for fourth place. The top six teams make the tourney and with one game remaining for all 12 teams, the teams tied for seventh place - Vermont and Northeastern - can not pass the Wildcats in the standings.
After a scoreless first half, Delaware (10-6-1, 5-4-1) took a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute when Blood scored on a penalty kick low inside the right post. The shot was awarded when New Hampshire was whistled for a hand ball in the penalty box that resulted from Delaware pressure on a corner kick.
The Fightin' Blue Hens extended the advantage to 2-0 at 63:11. From the right corner, Blood's centering pass found Brittany Campbell alone in front and, after one touch, Campbell fired the ball into the open net from 10 yards out.
UNH's best opportunity to score came in the 86th minute. On a direct kick from 23 yards, a right-footed blast by Michelle Thornton (Gloucester, Ont.) cleared the four-person wall and beat UD goalie Andrea Lunn but caromed off the crossbar.
Both Lunn and UNH goalkeeper Kristen Ouellette (Simsbury, Conn.) recorded four saves.
New Hampshire celebrates Senior Day with its 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.