DURHAM, N.H. - Nikkie Hessney recorded a goal and an assist to lead the University of Vermont women's soccer team to Thursday afternoon's 3-0 America East victory against the University of New Hampshire at Lewis Fields.
UNH, which had not allowed a goal in four previous conference games, is now 8-5-1 overall and 3-1-1 in America East. Vermont improved to 4-11-0 and 2-3-0 in the conference.
UVM withstood early pressure from the Wildcats and play evened the rest of the half. The Catamounts threatened to take the lead when a shot from Melissa Witkiewicz hit the crossbar in the 17th minute, then she hit the crossbar again - this time after being deflected by UNH goalie Kirsten Ouellette (Weatogue, Conn.) - in the 19th minute.
Vermont took a 1-0 lead at 42:17 when Hessney, standing near the left post, collected Jamie Koehnlein's service from 25 yards and chipped the ball over Ouellette.
Neither team created dangerous opportunities in the second half until Anya Bohun-Chudyniv scored in the 61st minute, when Loren Donagher's serve from the left wing was half-volleyed inside the far post by Bohun-Chudyniv.
Vermont extended its lead to 3-0 at 78:58 when Hessney combined with Witkiewicz on a give-and-go. Witkiewicz touched the ball at the top of the box and fired a shot from 25 yards inside the left post.
UVM goalie Brooke Fairbanks recorded three saves as a majority of UNH's dangerous opportunities - and its 18 shots - were wide of the goal.
Ouellette made one save and allowed one goal before exiting the game at halftime. Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.) was credited with one save and surrendered two goals.
New Hampshire returns to action with a home game vs. Hartford on Oct. 27. Game time at Lewis Fields is 1 p.m.