DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's soccer squad will host the University of Rhode Island in its home opener 7 p.m. on Friday at Bremner Field. Links to live video and stats will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.
Scouting RHODE ISLAND: The University of Rhode Island (4-2-0) is coming off a 1-0 loss to Holy Cross in its most recent contest. The goal came in the 23rd minute of play when Holy Cross' Annie Galvin dribbled the ball into the box and beat Rhody keeper Reilly Lindsey one-on-one. The Rams nearly tied the score with seconds remaining in regulation, however the shot attempt rung the post and bounced away from the net. Rhode Island hit seven shots on net while the Crusaders capitalized on their only shot on goal. Ashley Evangelista leads the way in all offensive categories for Rhode Island, tallying two goals and two assists and 14 shots, 10 of which were on net. Lucy Gildein is next with two goals and one assist for five points. Behind her are Jennifer Barrientos and Ellie Bailes, each with a pair of goals.
Scouting New Hampshire: The University of New Hampshire (1-3-0) fell by a goal to Northeastern (3-2, Aug. 31) and by the same margin at Brown (1-0, Sept. 2) over the weekend. Senior Elizabeth Curry tallied the first goal of her career against Northeastern when she scored a header off a corner kick in the 17th minute of play. Freshman Gabrielle Sloan notched the first goal of her young career in 70th minute of play after Madeline Christ played the ball over Northeastern's defensive line, finding Sloan. She then hit the ball on a bounce over the keeper, finding the back of the net. In the following match at Brown, the Wildcats were edged by a lone goal that came in the 53rd minute of play. The goal came when a shot by Brown was deflected in the box, ranging away from Erica Correa. Correa posted a season-high eight saves in the match while Tara Fraprie, Monique LaMotte and Meghan Ledwith each tallied three shots. Freshman Kirstyn Corder leads the 'Cats on offense with a goal and an assist while also recording five shots. Curry, Ledwith and Sloan are each tied with one goal for two points on the season.
ALL-TIme series: In 25 meetings between the two sides, New Hampshire leads the series 16-8-1. In the last contest between the two, New Hampshire edged Rhode Island, 1-0.
ACCOLADES: Corder and LaMotte were selected to the TD Bank Classic All-Tournament Team as announced Aug. 27. Corder tallied the first goal of her career in her first collegiate match as the team downed Fairfield, 2-0. She also notched an assist in the match and finished with three shots on goal in the two games. LaMotte received the nod after tallying a pair of shots in the two games.
UP NEXT FOR THE WILDCATS: New Hampshire will travel to Providence College for an afternoon tilt on Sunday. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m.