DURHAM, N.H. -- Maureen McHugh scored in the 69th minute to break a scoreless tie and it proved to be the only goal of the game as the University of Maine defeated the University of New Hampshire, 1-0, in America East women's soccer action Sunday afternoon at Lewis Fields.
UNH, which had its three-game unbeaten streak end, is now 6-4-1 overall and 1-1-1 in America East. Maine is also 6-4-1 overall and is 1-0-1 in league play.
Maine goalkeeper Jasmine Phillips improved to 4-0-1 by recording her third shutout of the season - the team's fourth - on two saves. UNH goalkeeper Julie Randall (East Longmeadow, Mass.) was credited with four saves, two in each half.
The Wildcats controlled possession early in the game but did not generate dangerous scoring chances. Play leveled the rest of the first half and the teams entered halftime scoreless despite two late bids by the Black Bears.
Maine began to assert itself midway through the second half and Elise Tebbetts snuck behind the defense and fired a shot from 15 yards high of the crossbar. The Black Bears continued to press, however, and it resulted in McHugh's tally at 68:35. In a scrum at the top of the penalty area, McHugh gathered a loose ball and fired a low shot inside the right post. Erin Corey was credited with an assist as she touched the ball to McHugh.
UNH could not break through the Black Bears' defense, even in the closing minutes when the Wildcats gradually pushed the ball upfield.
New Hampshire returns to action at home Oct. 6 vs. Binghamton University. Game time at Lewis Fields is 3:30 p.m.