CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second straight game the University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team could not muster a single goal and were again shutout, this time losing 1-0 to HarvardUniversity on Sunday at Ohiri Field. With the loss, the Wildcats, who came into the week ranked ninth in the SoccerBuzz NCAA Division I Northeast regional poll and 10th in the NSCAA/Adidas NCAA Division I Northeast regional poll, fall to 4-3-1. The Crimson, who are ranked fifth in the SoccerBuzz regional poll and sixth in NSCAA/Adidas regional poll, improve to 5-2-1.
The early part of the game unfolded in what is becoming typical fashion for UNH contests; strong defensive battles that lead to long stretches of scoreless play for each team. The Wildcats and Crimson played through the first half and nearly 25 minutes into the second without putting any offense on the board.
In the 75th minute, freshman Katherine Sheeleigh beat UNH goalkeeper Nikki Golding (Milton, Mass.) to a pass from Gina Wideroff and tapped the ball past Golding and into the back of the net.
Golding played an otherwise solid game as she stopped four shots, but did suffer her first loss of the season and saw her goals-against-average get bumped up to 0.71.
The Wildcats, who were outshot 13-11, only managed to put three shots on net. All of them were stopped by Harvard goalkeeper Lauren Mann, who recorded her fifth win of the year – all of them coming via the shutout.
Freshman forward Amy Avitable (Pembroke, Mass.), senior midfielder Marianne Rivard (West Kingston, R.I.) and freshman midfielder Cassandra Guerra (DeWitt, N.Y.) all had shots on net for the ‘Cats.
The Wildcats also played their second straight game without leading scorer Caitlin Whelan (Weymouth, Mass.) due to injury.
The ‘Cats are back at it Sept. 25 at when they wrap up their three-game road trip against Dartmouth College at Chase Field.