BURLINGTON, Vt. – Sophomore Kirsten O'Neil (Hampton, N.H.) scored the only goal of the game Sunday to lift the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team over Sacred Heart, 1-0.
The win puts the Wildcats at 1-1-0 on the year while Sacred Heart falls to 0-2-0 through its first two games. The win marks the first for Sam Lopes in his head-coaching career.
In the 27th minute of play, Kirsten O'Neil recorded her first goal of the season to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead over the pioneers. Kelsi O'Neil (Hampton, N.H.), older sister of Kirsten, launched a throw-in to the middle of the box where her sister was waiting. Kirsten ripped a shot past SHU goalie Sydney Judkins and into the back of the net.
The Wildcats remained resilient on defense, turning away each opportunity Sacred Heart presented. At the end of 90 minutes of play, New Hampshire blanked Sacred Heart by a score of 1-0.
UNH keeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) earned her first win of the season with a shutout by saving each of the two shots she faced on net. Her record improves to 1-1-0. Judkins received the loss in net for the Pioneers; making saves on one of the two shots she faced from the Wildcat offense. SHU held the advantage in total shots, 12-10.
The Wildcats will host Providence College in the next contest on Friday, Aug. 30. Kick off is slated for 7 p.m. on Bremner Field.