DURHAM, N.H. - Sarah Sargent (Glastonbury, Conn) recorded a goal and an assist and Kristen Ouellette (Weatogue, Conn.) registered four saves as the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team defeated the University of Vermont, 2-0, in Friday afternoon's America East game at Lewis Field.
UNH improved to 4-9-0 overall and 1-3-0 in the conference with its second consecutive win. Vermont lost its fifth straight to fall to 3-11-0 and 1-4-0.
Sargent gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute. Kristin Kearney (Sandown, N.H.) served the ball into the box from the left corner and it was touched by Ana Tobon (Philadelphia, Pa.) to Sargent, who fired a high shot into the left side of the net.
Jess Halas (Danbury, Vt.) extended the advantage to 2-0 at 13:37. Amber Radzevich (Hampstead, N.H.) initiated the scoring sequence with a serve from the right touchline. Sargent headed the ball down to Halas, whose shot went just under the crossbar.
Vermont's most dangerous chance in the opening half came on an indirect kick in the 30th minute. Kelly Herrero's blast from 30 yards sailed into the upper-right corner of the net, but it was untouched and did not enter the scorebooks as a goal.
The Catamounts were more dangerous offensively in the second half. Pressing to score a goal in the final 10 minutes, Mardi DeCarlo and Michelle Armentano both fired shots slightly off target.
It was the second career shutout for Ouellette, who made three of her saves in the second half.
Vermont's Katie Duffy played the first half in goal and made three saves while allowing two goals. She left the game at halftime due to an injury incurred during the first half and Brooke Fairbanks stopped two shots in her relief role.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 15 with a home game against perennial America East power Hartford. Game time at Lewis Field is 1 p.m.