DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's soccer team will host Providence College in its home opener Friday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. Links to live stats and video will be available on www.UNHWildcats.com.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE 'CATS: New Hampshire (1-1-0) earned the first win of the season and the first of head coach Sam Lopes' head coaching career against Sacred Heart, 1-0. Sophomore transfer Kirsten O'Neil notched the game's only goal in the 27th minute of play. Senior Kelsi O'Neil, older sister of Kirsten, recorded the assist on the play as she launched a throw-in to the middle of the box where Kirsten in turn buried it in the back of the net. Senior goalkeeper Erica Correa earned her first shutout of the season after turning away the two shots she faced.
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE: Kirsten O'Neil leads the way on offense for the Wildcats with one goal for two points. She also leads in shots with five. Older sister Kelsi O'Neil recorded the assist on the goal, giving her one point on the season. Sophomore Gabrielle Sloan and freshman Anna Deweirdt have each recorded a trio of shots in the first two games while juniors Jordan Logue and Jenna Shaddock as well as senior Colleen Murray each have two shots.
Senior goalkeeper Erica Correa has started both games the 'Cats have played this season and holds a 1-1-0 record with one shutout. She has made five saves on seven shots faced.
PC CONNECTION: Head coach Sam Lopes and assistants Carlos Pinhancos and Kyle Bak each have coaching experience with Providence. Lopes and Bak both joined the PC staff in 2011. After Bak's season with the Friars, Pinhancos joined the staff in 2012, working with Lopes.
LAST TIME OUT FOR PROVIDENCE: The Friars (1-1-0) fell victim to the University of Dayton in their last contest, 3-0. The Flyers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute of play and then took a 2-0 lead in the 18th minute. UD capped off the scoring with the third goal of the game in the 89th minute, ultimately securing a 3-0 win. Friar goalie Kristyn Shea made eight saves on the 11 shots she faced. Providence recorded 13 shots total, four of which were on net.
SCOUTING THE FRIARS: Rachel Ugolik, Kathryn Hiller and Amanda Webster have each recorded a goal for the Friars in 2013, leading the team in points with two. Ella Lauren owns the lone assist for PC, giving her one point. Goalie Kristyn Shea posts a record of 1-1-0 with one shutout in her first two games. She has made 12 saves on 15 shots faced.
UP NEXT FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats return to the pitch Sunday, Sept. 1 when they travel to the University of Rhode Island for an afternoon tilt. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.