New Hampshire women's soccer opens season with victory

DURHAM, N.H. - Junior midfielder Angeline Alexakos scored in the 24th minute and sophomore goalkeeper Kristen Ouellette (Weatogue, Conn.) recorded her first career shutout as the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team defeated Texas-El Paso, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at Lewis Field. UNH is 1-0-0 and UTEP fell to 0-2-0.

Alexakos, who led the Wildcats in goals, assists and points in 1999, deposited the ball into the open right side of the net when UTEP goalkeeper Kathryn Gilmore could not control the initial shot by sophomore Courtney Papaz (Ringwood, N.J.).

Ouellette earned her first collegiate victory in her initial career start by recording four saves, including a sliding stop on UTEP's Kelly Parker (with 10 minutes remaining) by rushing to the top of the box.

Texas-El Paso's best chance to score came in the 76th minute when the Miners were awarded an indirect kick at the top of the box. Parker touched the ball to Rebecca Calder, who chipped her right-footed shot over the crossbar.

The Wildcats answered with dangerous headers by Christy Smagula (Bedford, N.H.) and Jess Halas (Danbury, Conn.), but both sailed wide of the net.

The visitors also pressured with a pair of corner kicks in the final minute, but Ouellette punched one cross clear of the box and Kristin Kearney (Sandown, N.H.) re-directed away the other. UTEP's Parker finished with three saves.

New Hampshire plays against Wisconsin-Green Bay and Indiana next weekend at the University of Vermont. The next Wildcat home game is Sept. 6 (3:30 pm) against Holy Cross.

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