BOSTON – Senior goalkeeper Nikki Golding (Milton, Mass.) made eight saves, but a Farrell McClernon goal wound up being the only score of the match as the University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team was topped 1-0 by Boston University on Thursday night in a rematch of last season’s America East title game at Nickerson Field.
After the battle of the top two teams in the conference, the Wildcats fall to 5-9-1, including 4-2-0 in America East play, while the Terriers, who are now unbeaten in their last seven games, improve to 10-5-1 overall and 5-0-0 in the conference.
Late in the 72nd minute, McClernon took a feed at the top of the box from Emily Pallotta and beat Golding for the lone tally of the contest.
Boston University, which outshot the Wildcats, 22-4, controlled action at the offensive end from the start, carrying a 12-3 shot advantage into the locker room at the half. The Terriers also held a 7-1 edge in corners, including 4-0 in the second half.
Despite the shot disparity, the UNH defense staved off the Terrier attack for most of the match, bending but not breaking until McClernon’s late goal.
The Wildcat offense also had some offensive opportunities of its own. In the 26th minute, senior Sara Hourihan (Lynnfield, Mass.) sent a blast toward the left corner of the net off a direct kick that went just wide. With 15 minutes left in regulation, Hourihan tried to feed senior Caitlin Whelan (Weymouth, Mass.) with a heel pass from inside six yards. BU goalkeeper Janie Reilly was out of position, leaving a partially open net for Whelan, but the pass narrowly missed connecting and rolled past the endline.
BU goalkeeper Janie Reilly made one save for the Terriers, stopping a shot from junior Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.), who scored for the Wildcats in last season’s championship game versus Boston U., in the 13th minute.
The Wildcats return to action Sunday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. when they play host to Hartford University at Lewis Fields. The ‘Cats will celebrate Senior Day as they honor the five members of their senior class: Golding, Hourihan, Whelan, Michelle Sheehan (Belmont, Mass.) and Julie O'Shaughnessy (Manchester, N.H.).