DURHAM, N.H. - Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) scored a goal and assisted on another to propel the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team atop the America East conference standings with Monday afternoon's 2-0 victory against Northeastern University at Lewis Fields.
UNH won its second consecutive match to improve to 3-0-1 in America East and 5-6-3 overall. The Wildats, now with 10 points, moved ahead of idle Maine and Boston University, both of whom have seven points. Northeastern is now 8-5-0 overall and 2-2-0 in league play.
Best gave the 'Cats a lead with the assistance of Ashlee Cieslak (Greendale, Wisc.) at 5:44. From the right side, Cieslak crossed a service over the defense that allowed Best to trap the ball and fire a shot inside the far post.
Best helped extend UNH's advantage to 2-0 in the 27th minute with a through-ball to Jackie Wishoski (Malden, Mass.). Wishoski one-touched the ball then fired a shot that eluded NU's charging goalkeeper, Cynthia Slowik, and caromed off the right post into the net.
UNH goalie Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.) stopped two shots to record her fourth shutout of the season. Slowik made three saves defending the Huskies' goal.
Northeastern's most dangerous chances to score came late in the second half. With 15 minutes remaining, Kristin Kowalik's shot from 15 yards sailed high of the crossbar with MacKay retreating back into position. Four minutes later, Filippa Petruccelli's blast from 25 yards was snared by MacKay.
Best produced two of UNH's top scoring opportunities in the second half. Her volley from 12 yards sailed high with 20 minutes to play and a driven shot from 18 yards went just over the crossbar with seven minutes left.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 19 (1 p.m.) at Boston University. The next Wildcat home game is Oct. 24 vs. Maine. Game time at Lewis Fields is 2:30 p.m.