WOMEN'S SOCCER BLANKS UMBC, 2-0

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BALTIMORE, Md.Senior midfielder Marianne Rivard (West Kingston, R.I.) scored for the second time in as many games, and junior forward Michelle Sheehan (Belmont, Mass.) scored for the first time in nearly a month, to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team to a 2-0 victory over the University of Maryland Baltimore County on Thursday afternoon at UMBC Soccer Stadium.

With the shutout – its fourth of the season – UNH improves to 6-4-1, including 2-0-0 in America East, while UMBC falls to 1-8-2 overall and 0-2-0 in the conference.

Rivard got things started for the Wildcats in the 13th minute, scoring her second consecutive game-winning goal when she headed the ball into the net off a perfect corner kick from freshman midfielder Amy Avitable (Pembroke, Mass.). UNH held a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks in the contest.

Sheehan added some insurance in the 81st minute when she took a cross from Rivard and found the back of the net for her team-leading sixth time this season.

Sophomore goalkeeper Ally Yost (Langhorne, Pa.) made everything stand up for the Wildcats, stopping all five shots she faced to post her third shutout of the season. All three of Yost’s wins have come via the shutout.

UMBC goalkeeper Catie Bukowski made six saves against the Wildcats, who outshot the Retrievers 21-14. Rivard had a team-high six of those shots.

The Wildcats return to action Oct. 7 when they host the University at Albany at 1 p.m. on Lewis Fields. Complimentary posters will be given out and a post-game autograph session will be held by the ‘Cats for their annual Nike Youth Day.

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