BURLINGTON, Vt. – Senior back Caitlyn Serafine (Canandaigua, N.Y.) and junior midfielder Julie O’Shaughnessy (Manchester, N.H.) each scored their second goals of the season, and junior forward Caitlin Whelan (Weymouth, Mass.) tallied assists on each goal, to propel the University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team past the University of Vermont, 2-1, Sunday at Centennial Field.

The win places the Wildcats’ record at 8-5-1 overall, including 4-1-0 in America East play, while the Catamounts drop their record to 1-12-1 overall and 0-4-0 in the conference.

In the 57th minute, Serafine sent a long ball to Whelan who dribbled up and moved it to O’Shaughnessy. O’Shaughnessy, who scored her first career goal Oct. 7 against the University at Albany, maneuvered inside the defense and chipped the ball over the head of Catamount goaltender Eliza Bradley, who had come out to challenge, and into the back of the net for the game-winner.

The Wildcats, who have now won four of their last five games, jumped on the board first with just 3:06 remaining in the first half when they were awarded an indirect kick. After a quick Whelan touch, Serafine lined the ball up and blasted it past Bradley to give the ‘Cats a 2-0 advantage.

Whelan’s two assists give her 15 points for the season, one behind teammate Michelle Sheehan (Belmont, Mass.), who is second in the conference in that category.

The Catamounts cut their two-goal deficit in half in the 64th minute when Carson Laderoute put home a rebound that caromed off a UNH defender on a shot by Jessica Becker.

That was all Wildcat goalkeeper Nikki Golding (Milton, Mass.) would allow as she made six saves.

Bradley recorded three saves for the Catamounts.

The ‘Cats return to action Thursday, Oct. 18 when they play host to the University of Maine at 3 p.m. on Lewis Fields.

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