DURHAM, N.H. - Catherine Zanni scored in the 19th minute and it proved to be the game-winning goal as the University of Rhode Island defeated the University of New Hampshire, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at Lewis Fields.
New Hampshire, which had been 2-0-0 in Sunday games this season, is now 2-5-3 while Rhode Island is 5-2-0.
The goal was initiated on a throw-in by Erica Young from the left corner. Nikki Floris headed the ball from the near post to the middle of the box, where Zanni one-touched the ball into the open right side of the net.
UNH's most dangerous chances in the first half were produced by Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.), but twice she was denied on a charge into the box when URI goalkeeper Kate Hirsch rushed from the goal line to smother the ball.
Rhode Island pressure almost generated a two-goal advantage in the 55th minute. Heather Kasparek blocked a clearing attempt by UNH goalie Kristen Ouellette (Simsbury, Conn.) and the ball re-directed just wide of the left post.
UNH's best opportunities to tie the game came in the closing minutes. A shot by Michelle Thornton (Gloucester, Ont.) from 16-yards was blocked wide by the URI defense. On the ensuing Wildcat corner kick, Farrell Swain's (West Simsbury, Conn.) dangerous serve was snared by Hirsch.
Ouellette finished with three saves and Hirsch was credited with one save.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 3 (3 p.m.) against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. The next home match for the Wildcats is Oct. 14 vs. Northeastern University. Game time at Lewis Fields is 1 p.m.