DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire senior goalkeeper Lynn Gugliuzza (Kenmore, N.Y.) tallied two saves en route to her sixth shutout of the season in a 4-0 victory over University at Albany on Sunday afternoon played at Varsity Field in America East soccer action.
The Wildcats (6-10-0, 4-4-0 AE) clinch a postseason birth along with the fifth seed overall and will face fourth seed Binghamton on Friday (Oct. 27). The Great Danes (5-12-1, 2-6-0 AE) tournament hopes fall short with the loss as they finish eighth in the conference.
UNH freshman forward Shauna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) delivered what turned out to be the game-winning goal at 26:49 to propel her team into the playoffs for a league best sixth consecutive year. Kaplan received the ball off a double assist from sophomores Sara Hourihan (Lynnfield, Mass.) and Michelle Sheehan (Belmont, Mass.) and threaded through the defense to tally her second goal of the season. Hourihan posted her fifth goal of the season at 44:54 when senior Amanda Wiggins (Wolfeboro, N.H.) made a perfect feed to Hourihan who punched a left-side shot into the corner of the net.
The Wildcats added two second-half insurance goals, one on a header by Wiggins at 54:20 and one on a penalty kick by junior midfielder Caitlyn Serafine (Canandaigua, N.Y) at 60:56. Albany senior goaltender Ashley Nuessle made three saves on the afternoon, while junior forward Uju Ogbuawa had four shots on goal.
The ‘Cats close out the 2006 regular season with momentum heading into the America East Tournament, which starts on Friday (Oct. 27) at Hartford's Al-Marzook Field (West Hartford, Conn.).The match is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.