DURHAM, N.H. - Jackie Wishoski (Malden, Mass.) scored two goals, including the game-winning tally, to lead the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to Friday afternoon's 4-0 America East conference victory against the University at Albany at Lewis Fields.
UNH improved to 2-0-1 in America East and 4-6-3 overall while Albany lost its fifth consecutive game to fall to 1-12-1 overall and 0-4-0 in the conference.
Wishoski gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead 55 seconds into the game - and it proved to be her third game-winning goal of the season. Ashlee Cieslak (Greendale, Wis.) initiated the scoring play with a serve over the top of the defense from 30 yards. Wishoski trapped the ball and chipped her shot under the crossbar.
That early goal set the tone for the half, as the Wildcats generated a 22-0 shot advantage and extended the lead to 3-0 on goals by Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) in the 29th minute and Wishoski in the 35th minute. Best netted her goal as she pushed the ball behind the defense and beat Albany goalkeeper Erika Van Zandt (eight saves) 1-v-1 with a shot inside the right post. Wishoski netted her second goal in a flurry when an initial shot by Kelly Collins (Manchester, N.H.) tipped off Van Zandt's hands and the crossbar, then Wishoski scored on her own rebound from close range.
UNH continued to control play in the second half and produced a 12-3 edge in shots. Shannon Oltman (Edmonds, Wash.) capped the scoring in the 84th minute when Hillary Mefferd's (Portland, Ore.) serve on a right corner bounced in the box and Oltman pushed the ball inside the left post.
Starting goalie Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.) and Lynn Gugliuzza (Kenmore, N.Y.) combined for the team's fourth shutout of the season. MacKay played the first half and did not have to make a save to earn the win, while Gugliuzza was credited with one save in 45 minutes of relief action.
Albany's best chance to score came in the 82nd minute, when Beth Spinelli's shot from 20 yards sailed wide of the left post.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 13 against Northeastern University. Game time at Lewis Fields is 1 p.m.