Randall records seventh shutout of season
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Ashlee Cieslak (Greendale, Wis.) scored a goal in the 13th minute and Julie Randall (East Longmeadow, Mass.) recorded her seventh shutout of the season to lead the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to Thursday afternoon's 1-0 victory at Stony Brook University.
UNH improved to 7-5-2 overall and 2-2-2 in America East while SBU is 3-11-1, 0-5-0.
Cieslak scored the only goal of the game with an unassisted tally at 12:59. It was her fourth goal - and second game-winning goal - of the season. She ranks second on the team in both those statistics.
After a slow start to the second half, the Wildcats gained momentum and began to control play. Julie Wernig (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) was denied by Stony Brook goalkeeper Cindy Bennett on shots in the 64th and 65th minutes, then Marianne Rivard (West Kingston, R.I.) hit the post in the 70th minute and followed with a shot that was turned aside by Bennett. Sara Hourihan (Lynnfield, Mass.),who finished with a match-high five shots, was denied twice by Bennett and had a third shot blocked in the 81st minute.
Randall made all three of her second-half saves between the 84th and 87th minutes. The Wildcats then gained possession to secure the victory. Randall finished with four saves and Bennett stopped six shots.
UNH recorded a 10-5 shot advantage in the second half and a 13-8 edge overall.
New Hampshire returns to action during Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 16 vs. Boston University. Game time at Lewis Fields is 1 p.m.