Serafine's first collegiate goal lifts Wildcats
DURHAM, N.H.. -- Caitlyn Serafine (Canandaigua, N.Y.) scored her first collegiate goal to lift the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to its first victory against the University of Massachusetts with Sunday afternoon's 1-0 non-conference win at Lewis Fields.
UNH extended its unbeaten streak to three games (1-0-2) and improved to 2-2-2 overall. UMass, which had been 9-0-1 lifetime vs. the Wildcats, is now 0-4-0 on the season.
Kelly Collins (Manchester, N.H.) set up the goal when her thru-ball from midfield was settled by Serafine outside of the penalty area. UMass goalkeeper Krsitin Walker charged from the goal line but Serafine chipped the ball over the keeper into the net to break the scoreless tie at 77:52.
UMass had a dangerous opportunity to tie the game with five minutes remaining when UNH was whistled for a foul 40 yards from the goal near the right touch line. UNH goalie Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.) nullified it, however, when she snared the service by Lindsey Bellini out of the air.
The Minutewomen threatened again with 2:40 to play when Jenny Roehrig dribbled along the left end line and fired a shot wide of the far post.
UNH controlled possession the rest of the way to secure the victory.
MacKay finished with three saves for UNH while UMass' Walker stopped six shots.
Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) produced UNH's most dangerous scoring chances until Serafine's tally. In the 28th minute, a long service by Jacquelyn Kendall (Belchertown, Mass.) allowed Best to work behind the defense and cut to the middle of the field, where her shot was blocked by the oncoming Walker. Walker also denied Best in the 52nd minute when she charged to the top of the box and grabbed the ball before Best, who was in alone, could fire a shot. Minutes later, Serafine's thru-ball sent Best down the right wing and her 15-yard blast was turned aside at the near post.
The Wildcats return to action Sept. 17 (7 p.m.) at Brown University. The Wildcats' next home match is Sept. 19 Harvard. Game time at Lewis Fields is 1p.m.