New Hampshire women's soccer falls in season opener

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Despite dominating play for most of the second half, the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team surrendered a goal in the 86th minute and lost 2-1 to Georgia Southern in Saturday afternoon's opening game of the Vermont Soccer Classic, which is hosted by the University of Vermont. It was the season opener for both teams.

After falling behind 1-0 in the sixth minute, UNH pulled even in the 42nd minute when senior Courtney Papaz (Ringwood, N.J.) converted a pass from classmate Cyndi Poehner (Greenwich, Conn.) into a goal.

The Wildcats generated a 9-2 shot advantage in the second half, but the Eagles scored the only goal of the half when Christine Ruta scored off a re-start at 85:10.

UNH senior goalkeeper Kristen Ouellette (Weatogue, Conn.) recorded two saves before exiting the match at halftime. Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.) played the second half and was not credited with a save. Georgia Southern goalie Kari Gast played the first half and recorded five saves. Tanya Woehr, who registered the win by shutting out New Hampshire in the second half, also stopped five shots.

New Hampshire (0-1-0) returns to action tomorrow when its faces Temple University at 12:00pm for the second day of the Vermont Soccer Classic.

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