BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Senior midfielder Ashlee Cieslak (Greendale, Wisc.) scored a goal in the 18th minute to lift the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team into a 1-1 tie with defending national champion Notre Dame, but the Fighting Irish netted eight second-half goals to pull away for an 11-1 victory in the season opener for both teams at the University of Vermont's Centennial Field.
UNH fell behind 1-0 at 12:45 on a goal by Katie Thorlakson (two goals, three assists) but Cieslak's sixth career goal evened the score at 17:06. Notre Dame regained the lead on Susan Pinnick's goal at 29:40 and nine minutes later the first of three consecutive Kerri Hanks tallies gave the Fighting Irish a 3-1 halftime lead.
UND pulled away early in the second half with four goals in the opening 10 minutes.
UNH junior goalkeeper Julie Randall (East Longmeadow, Mass.) made her collegiate debut and made 11 saves. UND starting goalie Erika Bohn did not record a save and allowed a goal in 56 minutes, 37 seconds. Nikki Westfall went the rest of the way and also was not credited with a save.
New Hampshire returns to action Aug. 28 against Western Michigan. Game time at UVM's Centennial Field is 10:30 a.m. UNH's home opener is Sept. 2 (7 p.m.) vs. Brown at Bremner Field.