Chiara Best

DURHAM, N.H. - Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa./Strath Haven) assisted on the first goal of the match and then put in the eventual game-winning tally as the UNH Wildcats defeated the Vermont Catamounts, 2-1, Friday night at Bremner Field.

In the 13th minute of the match, Best sent a pass into Adriana Gonzalez-Medina (Bainbridge, Wash./Bainbridge), who shot the ball into the bottom of the net to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. Vermont (7-7-1, 2-3-0 America East) tied the match two and a half minutes later when Melissa Witkiewicz scored off a rebound from Amy Cochran's shot.

Best continued to take advantage of goal-scoring chances, notching seven shots during the match. In the 37th minute, Lindsey Smagula (Bedford, N.H./Manchester West) set up Best with a solid pass, which Best did not waste by burying a shot in the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

On the insistence of head coach Mike Jackson, New Hampshire continued to press the action, even with the one-goal lead. The Wildcats ended up with 14 shots, while the Catamounts earned ten shots during the evening.

Vermont did enjoy a significant advantage in corner kicks, earning ten chances from the corner flag to New Hampshire's two corner kicks. However, the Wildcats were able to clear the ball on most of those chances without significant damage.

New Hampshire (7-6-2, 3-2-0 America East) continues its fight up the conference standings Sunday afternoon against Hartford at 1 p.m. The match is scheduled for Lewis Field, but may be moved to Bremner Field if the rain present in the area significantly affects the condition of the grass field.

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