New Hampshire women's soccer defeats Albany, 2-1

Wildcats finish in first-place tie, will be No. 3 seed

Katie Sullivan

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Katie Sullivan (Worcester, Mass.) broke a 1-1 tie in the 58th minute and it proved to be the game-winning goal as the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team defeated the University at Albany, 2-1, in Saturday afternoon's America East regular-season finale.

UNH improved to 10-7-2 overall and 6-3-0 in America East to finish in a three-way tie for first place in the conference standings - the highest ever by the 'Cats - with 18 points. The Wildcats will be the No. 3 seed in the America East Championships and play host to a first-round game against sixth-seeded University of Hartford (5-11-2, 4-4-1 AE) on Nov. 2 (1 p.m.). Albany ends the season at 2-18-0, 0-9-0.

The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead at 9:11 when Julie Wernig (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) fired a shot from 25 yards into the lower left corner. Ashlee Cieslak (Greendale, Wisc.) was credited with an assist.

Albany rallied to tie the score, 1-1, before halftime on a goal by Uju Ogbuawa in the 44th minute.

UNH regained the lead, 2-1, when Sullivan netted her first goal of the season with a shot from 25 yards that tipped off the fingertips of goalkeeper Catherine Nicholson into the goal. Robyn Bishop (Columbia, Md.) recorded her first collegiate point with an assist on the play.

UNH goalkeeper Lynn Gugliuzza (Kenmore, N.Y.) finished with five saves while Albany's Nicholson stopped eight shots.

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