September 23, 2010

WOMEN'S SOCCER BLANKS INTRASTATE RIVAL DARTMOUTH, 1-0

DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Brooke Duchaney (Hampton Falls, N.H.) scored her second game-winning goal in as many contests, and freshman goalkeeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) stopped five shots for her second shutout in consecutive matches as the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team defeated Dartmouth College, 1-0, Thursday afternoon at Lewis Fields.

Steph Gilkenson

The Wildcats improve to 4-4-2 as they beat Dartmouth for the first time in 19 years, and earn their first home win over their intrastate rival in 20 years. The Big Green, which defeated No. 16 Penn State, 1-0, last Sunday, and also tied 17th-ranked San Diego, 1-1, earlier in the year, falls to 2-4-1 overall.

Duchaney struck in the 33rd minute when classmate Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.) sent a long ball from just inside midfield to the top right corner of the box where Duchaney gathered it and shot the ball to the left corner of the net, tucking it inside the far post to beat Dartmouth goalkeeper Colleen Hogan and give UNH a 1-0 lead. In the Wildcats' previous game, Duchaney found the back of the net in the 38th minute to lead her team to a 1-0 win against Bryant University.

The assist was the second in as many contests for Gilkenson, who was playing in just her third game of the season after returning from injury. Sophomore Drea Nogueira (New Bedford, Mass.) also was credited with an assist on the play for her team-leading seventh point of the season.

Hogan stopped two shots for Dartmouth.

The Wildcats, who outplayed the Big Green in the first half, had their first scoring chance late in the second minute when senior Marika Posehn (Duncan, British Columbia) sent a ball from the right flank into the box where it deflected off of Duchaney and was cleared by a Dartmouth defender.

Later, in the 18th minute, junior Jordyn Krall (Duxbury, Mass.) created a chance when her service from close to the end line on the left flank rolled past the goalmouth and through to the right side of the box where sophomore Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla.) popped her shot just over the crossbar.

Drea Nogueira

Junior Alli Rozelle (Stratham, N.H.) was named the America East Player of the Game.

Despite being outshot by UNH, 7-2, in the first half, the Big Green held an 11-9 shot advantage in the game. Dartmouth created more chances in the second half thanks in part to the Wildcats playing a defensive game to protect their one-goal lead.

The last time the Wildcats defeated Dartmouth was Oct. 30, 1991 in a 2-0 road victory, while the last home win against the Big Green came Nov. 1, 1990 in a 3-1 overtime triumph.

The Wildcats return to action Sunday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. when they open up conference play at Boston University. The next home game for the 'Cats is Sunday, Oct. 3 at noon when they play host to UMBC at Lewis Fields.

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