DURHAM, N.H. - In the first collegiate soccer game played at the Upper Field Astro-Play Facility, Jackie Wishoski (Malden, Mass.) broke a scoreless tie in the 59th minute to lead the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to Sunday afternoon's 1-0 America East victory against the University of Hartford.
UNH, which improved to 9-5-1 overall with its first victory against the Hawks since 1996, moved ahead of Hartford into first place in the America East standings with 13 points (4-1-1 league record). The Hawks, now 10-6-0 overall, have 12 points by virtue of a 4-2-0 conference record.
UNH goalkeeper Kristen Ouellette (Weatogue, Conn.) finished with a season-high 11 saves to record her third shutout of the season. It was the seventh shutout by the Wildcats, whose defense was directed by Cyndi Poehner (Greenwich, Conn.).
Wishoski scored the only goal of the game on a strong individual effort at 58:21. She initially knocked down a clearing attempt by Hartford goalie Heather Hinton, then gained control of the loose ball and lifted a shot over Hinton into the empty net from 16 yards.
Hartford, which was shut out for the fourth time this season, controlled play with the wind advantage in the second half, which was evident by its 12-3 shot advantage over the final 45 minutes.
In the 83rd minute, Erin Mucha's header from seven yards caromed off the left post and Sandra Kayulu's 13-yard shot off the rebound was blocked by the UNH defense. Less than two minutes later, Kayulu's close-range shot deflected off the hands of Ouellette and the crossbar. The ball remained within the goalie box and, with seemingly everyone in the area either trying to push the ball in or defend the goal line, was eventually cleared.
The game, scheduled to be played at Lewis Fields, was relocated to the Upper Field Astro-Play Facility due to the field conditions following Saturday's rain-soaked men's soccer game.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 31 (2:30 p.m.) at Maine. The Wildcats wrap up the regular season with Senior Day on Nov. 3 vs. Binghamton. Game time at Lewis Fields is 1 p.m.