DURHAM, N.H. – Freshman goalkeeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) stopped seven shots, but Katherine Sheeleigh's three points were too much as the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team suffered its first defeat of 2010, 2-0, against Harvard University on Sunday afternoon at Lewis Fields.
The Wildcats fall to 2-1-2 and see their longest unbeaten streak to start a season since 1991 end
at four games. The Crimson, meanwhile, earn their first win of the season and improve to 1-0-1.
Harvard struck just 1:26 into the match when Sheeleigh's shot from 20 yards out in the middle of the field just barely sailed out of the reach of Correa and under the crossbar for a 1-0 lead. It is the third straight season Sheeleigh has netted the game-winning goal against the Wildcats.
Then just 2:12 later Sheeleigh sent a cross from the right flank to the far post where Patricia Yau was able to get a foot on the ball and knock it into the left side of the net for the 2-0 advantage. It was the first time in five matches this season that Correa surrendered more than one goal.
The Wildcats' best first-half chance came in the 38th minute when junior forward Brooke Duchaney (Hampton Falls, N.H.), the America East Player of the Game, made a long run down the right side and received a feed in the box from senior midfielder Cassie Guerra (DeWitt, N.Y.), but the attempt was thwarted by the Harvard defense. Later, Guerra had a chance of her own when her blast from the right flank sailed just over the crossbar.
UNH also had a great chance in the final minute of the match when Guerra chased after a ball in the box, but Crimson goalkeeper Alexandra Millet, who made three saves in the contest, came out and dove on the ball as Guerra put a foot on it.
Harvard held a 17-8 advantage in shots and a 9-3 edge in corner kicks. The Wildcats had 14 fouls called against them, while only four went against the Crimson.
Harvard won for the sixth straight time against UNH and the ninth time in 11 meetings in Durham.
The Wildcats return to action Friday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. when they take on the University of Massachusetts at Rudd Field. The next home game for the 'Cats is Sunday, Sept. 12 at 1 p.m. when they play host to Siena College at Lewis Fields.