Durham, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team dropped their first America East Conference match of 2006 in a tough 2-1 loss to the Hartford Hawks on Thursday night played on Bremner Field.
The Wildcats fall to 3-6-0, 1-1-0; while the Hawks improve to 3-8-0, 2-0-0 and slip into a tie for first place in the conference.
In what was a physical game that featured a total of 24 fouls, the Wildcats grabbed the lead in the 50th minute of play on a Michelle Sheehan (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) pass to freshman forward Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) who notched her first collegiate goal on a breakaway shot from 10-yards out and found the right corner of the net. Sheehan recorded her team leading fourth assist.
The lead was short lived though as Hawks’ junior midfielder Sara Flowers (Santee, Calif./Santana) delivered a 12-yard shot towards the top left of the net during the 56th minute of action. The Hawks added the game winning goal at the 83rd minute when Sara Flowers made a perfect cross to her sister, Becky Flowers (Santee, Calif./Santana), on a header that found the back left corner of the net from 10-yards out to stun the home crowd.
UNH goalkeeper Lynn Gugliuzza (Kenmore, N.Y./Kenmore West) made three saves in the loss, while her counterpart Liz Cook (Halifax, Nova Scotia/Halifax Grammer) also notched three saves.
The Wildcats travel to #22 nationally ranked Maine on Sunday (Oct. 1) for a 1:00 p.m. start against their America East rivals.