New Hampshire women's soccer blanks Providence, 2-0

Hourihan sparks Wildcats with two goals

Sara Hourihan

DURHAM, N.H. -- Sara Hourihan (Lynnfield, Mass.) scored two goals and Julie Randall (East Longmeadow, Mass.) recorded her fourth shutout of the season to lead the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to Friday afternoon's 2-0 non-conference victory against Providence College at Lewis Fields.

UNH won its second consecutive game to improve to 4-2-0 this season and PC is now 3-3-0.

Randall recorded back-to-back shutouts for the second time this season and extended her shutout streak to 186 minutes, 33 seconds with her two-save effort vs. the Friars. She had help from the Wildcat defense in the 52nd minute, when PC's Kathryn Mahoney, standing on the left end line, chipped a shot over Randall that was cleared from the goal line by Debbie Newman (Union, Conn.).

Hourihan, the reigning ECAC Player of the Week and America East Rookie of the Week, broke the scoreless tie with a goal at 35:42. Ashlee Cieslak (Greendale, Wis.) made a midfield service into the box that Hourihan tracked down, and she blasted a low shot from 15 yards inside the right post.

The Wildcats took that 1-0 lead into halftime and, despite PC initiating play in the second half, Hourihan scored with just 20 seconds elapsed to extend the advantage to 2-0. Kelly Collins (Manchester, N.H.) played a low thru ball from midfield that was once again chased down by Hourihan, and she touched the ball past charging PC goalie Ashley Fedyshyn (four saves) into an open net.

It marked Hourihan's second two-goal game of the season and she has six tallies in the past four games.

Back in the first half, Collins was denied twice in the 25th minute when one shot was blocked at the goal line by back Kelly Determan and her shot off the rebound sailed wide of the right post.

Both teams generated dangerous scoring chances in the second half. In the 58th minute, Hourihan at an opportunity to net her third goal of the game but Fedyshyn charged and blocked the shot at the top-left corner of the penalty box. Robyn Bishop (Columbia, Md.) trapped the rebound and fired a shot from 25 yards just high of the crossbar. Marianne Rivard (West Kingston, R.I.) got behind the Friars defense in the 62nd minute, but they recovered in time to block her close-range shot from the right wing.

At the other end of the field, Mancarella's shot from 15 yards caromed off the left post in the 70th minute. Five minutes later, UNH's defense denied another opportunity when Caitlyn Serafine (Canandaigua, N.Y.) won a footrace to a loose ball and cleared it wide before the Friars could touch to ball into the open net.

New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 18 (1 p.m.) at the University of Rhode Island. The next Wildcat home game is Sept. 21 vs. Holy Cross. Game time at Bremner Field is 7 p.m.

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