UNH women's soccer rolls past Northeastern, 7-2

DURHAM, N.H.. - Jackie Wishoski (Malden, Mass.) scored a school-record five goals and assisted on another to lead the fourth-seeded University of New Hampshire to Tuesday afternoon's 7-2 victory against Northeastern University in a first-round game of the America East Women's Soccer Championships at Lewis Fields.

UNH (8-8-2 overall, 5-2-2 conference) advances to play top-seeded Boston University at BU's Nickerson Field on Nov. 7 (6 p.m.). The seven goals is the Wildcats' highest total since scoring eight against Hofstra University in 1995. Northeastern, the tourney's No. 5 seed, ends the year at 11-8-0 (5-4-0 conference).

Wishoski broke the school records for both goals (five) and points (11) in a game, and those numbers are also America East Championship records for goals in a game and a tourney as well as points in a game and tourney. Her second goal of the match broke the Wildcat record for goals in a season, which now stands at 17. Her 39 points is also a single-season UNH record.

The Wildcats, who improved to 5-2-2 at home (4-0-0 at Lewis Fields), took control early in the game with a tally by Wishoski at 1:33 and another by Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) at 5:42. Best set up the game's first goal with a through-ball that put Wishoski 1-v-1 with NU goalkeeper Cynthia Slowik. Best's header came off a service by Kristin Kearney (Sandown, N.H.; two assists) from the right corner.

UNH pulled away with three tallies in a span of 2:20 midway through the first half. Best, with the assistance of Wishoski, scored a breakaway goal at 23:49, then Wishoski increased the Wildcats' advantage to 5-0 with tallies 23 seconds apart (at 25:46 and 26:09).

Northeastern's Siobahn Howard trimmed the deficit to 5-1 just 3:48 into the second half, and the visitors pulled closer on a Jess Pfeifer tally in the 69th minutes. The Huskies had a chance to reduce the difference to two goals with 7:30 remaining, but Pfeifer's shot on a direct kick from the top-right corner of the penalty box sailed high and to the right.

Wishoski reentered the match soon thereafter, and UNH regained control. She capped the scoring with goals 57 seconds apart - at 84:15 and 85:12.

UNH starting goalkeeper Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.) earned the victory by stopping the only shot she faced in the first half. Lynn Gugliuzza (Kenmore, N.Y.) played the second half, in which she made one save and allowed two goals.

NU's Slowik, who entered the game with the conference's highest save percentage, played the initial 33:20 and exited the game with three saves and the Huskies trailing 5-0. Annie Petrofsky went the final 56:40. She turned away two of the four shots she faced.

New Hampshire finished with a 17-13 shot advantage that included a sizable 12-4 edge in shots on goal.

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