Michelle Sheehan (Belmont, Mass.) scored two goals to garner the TD Banknorth Classic Offensive MVP award and propel the University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team to Sunday afternoon’s 3-0 victory against Central Arkansas in tournament action at the University of Vermont’s Centennial Field.

UNH, which fell 1-0 to George Washington University in Friday’s TD Banknorth Classic opener, is now 1-1-0 on the season. Central Arkansas is 0-2-0.

Sheehan, the tourney’s leading goal scorer with her career-high two tallies, was joined on the All-Tournament Team by teammates Marianne Rivard (West Kingston, R.I.) and Caitlin Whelan (Weymouth, Mass.).

In her first career start (second career appearance), UNH sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Golding (Milton, Mass.) recorded five saves to earn her first career victory and shutout.

The Wildcats quickly took a 1-0 lead on Sheehan’s goal at 2:25. Rivard and Deanna Maccario (North Reading, Mass.) earned assists with a series of quick passes that set up the tally. It marked the first career point for Maccario, a freshman.

UNH struck late in the first half (at 44:07) and early in the second half (47:34) to quickly extend a one-goal lead into a three-goal advantage. Sheehan and Julie O’Shaughnessy (Manchester, N.H.) executed a give-and-go to put the ‘Cats in front 2-0, then Cassandra Guerra (DeWitt, N.Y.) scored an unassisted goal on a 25-yard blast to close the scoring; that goal marked the first career points for Guerra, another rookie.

Central Arkansas’ goalkeeper Heather Joye recorded eight saves.

UNH generated a 24-5 shot advantage as well as a 5-0 edge in corner kicks.

New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 5 for its home opener against College of the Holy Cross. Game time at Bremner Field is 7 p.m.
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