New Hampshire women's soccer blanks Lafayette, 3-0

Hourihan sparks Wildcats with two goals, assist

Julie Randall

HARWICH, Mass. -- Sarah Hourihan (Lynnfield, Mass.) scored two goals and assisted on another to lead the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to Sunday afternoon's 3-0 victory against Lafayette College in the final day of action in the 2005 ECAC Women's Soccer Classic at Cape Cod Technical High School.

UNH improved to 3-2-0 overall while Lafayette fell to 1-2-1.

UNH junior goalkeeper Julie Randall (East Longmeadow, Mass.), who had a shutout streak of 252 minutes, 20 seconds come to an end in the tournament's first-round matchup vs. Fordham University, recorded four saves for her third shutout of the season.

The game was scoreless for nearly 30 minutes when Hourihan, with the assistance of Amanda Wiggins (Wolfeboro, N.H.), scored at 29:26 to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. It was the first point as a Wildcat for Wiggins, a junior who transferred from Southern New Hampshire University during the off-season.

Hourihan scored her third goal of the tourney - and team-high fourth of the season - in the 43rd minute to increase UNH's advantage to 2-0.

The 'Cats, who recorded a 9-2 shot advantage to build a two-goal halftime lead, continued to control play in the second half and registered a 10-3 edge in shots while scoring the only goal of the half. Hourihan, who also has a team-leading nine points, set up the goal by Adriana Gonzalez-Medina (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) with 2:42 remaining in regulation to close the scoring.

Lafayette goalie Mary Kate Erdman was credited with nine saves.

New Hampshire returns to action at home Sept. 16 vs. Providence College. Game time at Lewis Fields is 4 p.m.

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