New Hampshire women's soccer bests Holy Cross, 3-1

WORCESTER, Mass. - The University of New Hampshire women's soccer team converted a 25-12 shot advantage into a 3-1 victory against the College of the Holy Cross at Hart Soccer Field on Saturday afternoon.

UNH (2-3-1) took a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute when Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) booted home a crossing pass from Kristin Kearney (Sandown, N.H.).

The Wildcats held that one-goal advantage at the half, then the Crusaders (1-4-0) scored at 48:52 on an unassisted goal by Meredith Davis. New Hampshire responded immediately - 38 seconds later - to regain the lead. Lindsey Smagula (Bedford, N.H.) recorded her first collegiate points on what proved to be the game-winning goal and Ashlee Cieslak (Greendale, Wis.) was credited with an assist on the tally.

Jackie Wishoski (Malden, Mass.) extended New Hampshire's lead to 3-1 at 68:10 with a goal off a corner kick. Hillary Mefferd (Portland, Oregon) registered the first point of her career with an assist.

Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.) finished the game with five saves while HC counterpart Eileen Geoghegan stopped nine shots.

UNH returns to action with a Sept. 16 home match vs. Providence College. Starting time at Lewis Fields is 4 p.m.

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