DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire senior goalkeeper Lynn Gugliuzza (Kenmore, N.Y./Kenmore West) tallied a career-high 15 saves en route to her fourth shutout of the season as the Wildcats defeated the Vermont Catamounts, 1-0, in America East women’s soccer action on Sunday played at Lewis Field.
The Wildcats (4-8-0, 2-3-0 AE) halted a three game losing streak with the victory, while the Catamounts (3-8-2, 1-2-1 AE) dropped their second straight match.
In what turned out to be a very even match between the two conference rivals, UNH scored in the 18th minute of play when junior forward Adriana Gonzalez Medina (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge) found sophomore forward Michelle Sheehan (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) on a breakaway pass in which Sheehan made a quick move to beat Vermont’s goalkeeper Eliza Bradley for the game’s only goal. The stingy UNH defense, led by captains Kelly Collins (Bedford, N.H./West) Caitlyn Serafine (Canandaigua, N.Y./ Canandaigua) and junior Nicole Lucey (Keene, N.H./Keene) all played a major factor in the Wildcats fourth shutout.
Vermont held a slight 18-17 advantage in shots, but struggled to find the back of the net on a number of close scoring opportunities, including a shot from 25 yards out off the foot of Lexie Kaknes, but Gugliuzza timed her leap perfectly and deflected the shot out of bounds to help the ‘Cats maintain momentum and the lead.
UNH returns to action on Thursday (Oct. 12) when they play host to America East foe Stony Brook University. The match begins at 3:00 p.m. on Lewis Field.