WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Sophomore forward Jackie Wishoski (Malden, Mass.) scored two goals and set up another Wildcat tally to propel the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to Thursday night's 4-2 America East conference victory at the University of Hartford.
UNH improved to 3-5-2 overall and 1-0-0 in America East behind Wishoski's career-high five-point performance. Hartford is now 2-6-1, 2-1-0.
The Hawks netted an early 1-0 lead when a UNH misplay in the defensive zone led to a Stephanie Pothier goal at 2:41. That lead was short-lived, however, as a Hartford defensive miscue led to a Kristin Kearney (Sandown, N.H.) game-tying goal just 44 seconds later.
New Hampshire took a 2-1 lead, an advantage the 'Cats would not relinquish, when Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) scored on a breakaway in the 15th minute. Wishoski sent a service downfield to Best, who out-raced the defense and beat the goalkeeper 1-v-1.
The Wildcats held that one-goal advantage at the half, but it quickly increased to 3-1 in the second half when Wishoski, who scored the match's only goal in last year's 1-0 victory against Hartford, converted a Kearney pass into what proved to be the game-winning goal at 47:34.
Hartford trimmed the deficit to 3-2 on a Jeanette Akerlund goal in the 57th minute. The Hawks pressured offensively and, with goalie Heather Hinton pressing forward, Wishoski tracked down a loose ball behind the defense and rolled a shot into the open net in the closing seconds to secure the victory.
UNH goalie Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.) was credited with four saves while Hinton stopped six shots for Hartford.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct 5 at Binghamton. The next Wildcat home game is Oct. 10 vs. Albany. Game time at Lewis Fields is 3:30 p.m.