September 30, 2012

Women's Soccer falls in Tough Loss to Hartford, 1-0

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's soccer team fell to Hartford Sunday afternoon by a score of 1-0. The loss drops the Wildcats to 3-7-2 and 1-1-1 in conference play while Hartford improves to 7-2-3 on the season and 3-0-0 in America East action.

In the first half, the defense for both squads was prevalent. Hartford totaled four shots in the half, three of which were on target. Junior goalkeeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) saved each of the three shots she faced. Both of UNH's shots in the half were on target but saved by Hawk goalie Erin Quinlan. Freshman Kirstyn Corder (Overland Park, Kansas) tallied the first shot of the half for New Hampshire while senior Elizabeth Curry (Bremerton, Washington) notched the second. At the end of the first half, the score was level at 0-0.

New Hampshire set the tone on offense in the second half after firing six shots. Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) nearly scored the first goal of the game in the 71st minute after blasting a one-time volley at the net. Quinlan bobbled the initial shot but was able to contain the ball and end the scoring chance. Then, in the 80th minute of play Hartford broke the stalemate and took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Shealagh Bagley. Bagley received the ball from Amelia Pereira in the box and was able to put the ball away in the left side of the net. Just minutes later, Corder ripped a shot that went just over the crossbar of the Hartford goal. At the end of regulation, Hartford held on for a 1-0 win.

Correa made four saves on the five shots she faced on net for the 'Cats while Quinlan saved all five shots sent her way. Corder tallied a team high two shots while six additional Wildcats also notched shots. UNH held the advantage in the category by a margin of 8-7.

New Hampshire returns to the pitch Tuesday, Oct. 2 when it takes a break from conference play to host Harvard. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

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