Women's Soccer Downed by Hartford, 3-0

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Despite outshooting the opposition and putting a total of seven shots on goal, the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team fell to the University of Hartford, 3-0, Sunday afternoon at Yousuf Al-Marzook Field.

The loss drops the Wildcats to 3-8-1 overall and 1-1-0 in America East play, while the Hawks improve to 10-0-2 and 3-0-0 in conference action.

UNH came out strong in the first frame, outshooting Hartford 10-5, putting seven shots on goal but couldn't find the back of the net. Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.) led the New Hampshire attack, with a game-best five shots, including four on goal attempts.

Despite UNH's persistent attack, Hartford was able to draw first blood in the contest when Amelia Pereira scored an unassisted goal to give the home team the early 1-0 edge. Pereira tallied the score just 1:22 into the contest when she fired in a shot from the left side of the box into the right side of the net, past sophomore goalkeeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.).

The two squads battled back-and-forth until the Hawks struck again when Amanda Lo Bello tallied a score to give the home team the early 2-0 advantage. Chanel Johnson set up the play, servicing a ball from the left side of the field to Lo Bello on the right, where she shot a ball that found its way into the top corner of the net at 35:43.

Hartford would head into the second half with a 2-0 lead and kept up the pace throughout the rest of the contest, scoring the game's final goal in the 85th minute to secure the victory. Pereira earned an assist on the play, sending a long pass up the field to Mary Beth Hamilton, who finished the breakaway, putting a shot into the net from 14 yards out at 84:55.

Erin Quinlan halted the New Hampshire offense in net for the Hawks, compiling a game-high seven saves in the contest. Correa finished with one save for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats return to action Thursday, Oct. 6 (3:30 p.m.) when they return home to host Boston University at Lewis Fields.
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