DURHAM, N.H. - Freshman forward Courtney Papaz (Ringwood, N.J.) netted her first collegiate goal and senior Steph Springer (Solana Beach, Calif.) recorded seven saves to lead the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to Wednesday afternoon's 1-0 non-conference victory against the College of the Holy Cross at Lewis Field.
New Hampshire improved to 2-2-0 on the season, including 2-0-0 at Lewis Field. Holy Cross, which opened the season with its third consecutive road game, dropped to 0-3-0.
Papaz initiated the scoring sequence with a serve to senior captain Marky Solomon (Foster, R.I.), who fired a shot from the top-right side of the box. Holy Cross goalkeeper Tiffany DeCoff (five saves) made a diving effort to block Solomon's blast, but Papaz followed on the left wing and deposited the ball into the open short side for a 1-0 advantage in the 52nd minute.
The Crusaders' best opportunities to pull even thereafter came in the closing minutes, when Springer had to punch out three dangerous throws by Elizabeth Terry.
Holy Cross registered the best scoring chance in the first half when Erica Backstrom's right-footed blast from 30 yards caromed off the crossbar. Minutes earlier, the Wildcats had their best bid when Christy Smagula's (Bedford, N.H.) serve from the left corner deflected off the crossbar and resulted in a point-blank shot for Solomon. DeCoff smothered the ball, however, to keep the game scoreless.
New Hampshire's next game is Sunday, Sept. 10 against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. Game time at Lewis Field is 1 p.m.