New Hampshire women's soccer edged by Providence, 1-0

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's soccer team held a 25-16 shot advantage and generated more dangerous scoring opportunities, but Maura Robertson scored in the game's second minute in Providence College's 1-0 victory Tuesday afternoon at rain-soaked Lewis Fields.

UNH is now 2-3-3 overall and Providence improved to 4-1-1.

Robertson intercepted a clear from the box and her low shot from 30 yards out top skipped inside the left post at 1:22. PC goalie Caroline Haines recorded eight saves the rest of the way - UNH also hit the crossbar twice - to preserve the one-goal lead.

The Wildcats had an immediate response to PC's tally, but Christy Smagula (Bedford, N.H.) hit the cross bar on a right-foot blast from 25 yards. New Hampshire sustained pressure and minutes later a dangerous shot from Sarah Sargent (Glastonbury, Conn.) rolled just wide of the net.

Providence created the next best scoring chance as Veronica Bakke broke past the backfield alone on UNH goalkeeper Kristen Ouellette (Simsbury, Conn.). Bakke's low shot from the top of the box bounced wide of the left post.

New Hampshire pressed in the closing minute of the half but one shot from Katie Sullivan (Worcester, Mass.) trickled wide and a high-arcing shot from Shannon Oltman (Edmonds, Wash.) sailed over the crossbar.

The Wildcats continued to carry play after halftime. One of more dangerous bids was produced by Sargent, whose shot from 25 yards in the 88th minute grazed the top of the crossbar.

Ouellette finished with seven saves for New Hampshire.

New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 28 (3 p.m.) at the University of Massachusetts. The next Wildcat home game is Sept. 30 vs. Rhode Island. Game time at Lewis Fields is 1 p.m.

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