KINGSTON, R.I. – The five-game unbeaten streak of the University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team came to an end Friday when it was blanked by the University of Rhode Island, 3-0, at the URI Soccer Complex.
The game was close for most of the first half, with neither team scoring until the 43rd minute. In the end however, it was the Rams who put three goals on the board to win the game.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 4-2-1 on the season, and is their first since falling to the University of Central Arkansas, 1-0, on opening day. The Rams, who are ranked seventh in both the NSCAA/Adidas and SoccerBuzz Division I Northeast regional polls, while the ‘Cats are ranked 10th and ninth on each poll, respectively, improve their record to 4-2-1.
The Rams jumped on the board with left in the first half, taking the wind out of UNH’s sails. Wildcat goalkeeper Ally Yost (Langhorne, Pa.) came out to play a pass from Thorunn Jonsdottir, but couldn’t get to the ball, giving Jessica Babice a shot at the net that she wouldn’t miss.
The game was again at a standstill until the 76th minute, when Jonsdottir added her own goal on a penalty kick.
Deb Nelson capped the scoring five minutes later when she received a pass from Jonsdottir on the right side and sent a blast toward the net that bounced off the left post and in.
Although the Wildcats were outshot 11-8, they held a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks, and were called for five fewer fouls (15-10).
Two of UNH’s shots were on net, including one from point blank off the foot of sophomore forward Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) that forced URI goalie Jackie Fede to make a great stop on. Marianne Rivard (West Kingston, R.I.) owned the other Wildcat shot on goal.
Fede recorded her second shutout of the season by making the two saves, while Yost made three stops for the ‘Cats.
The Wildcats have one day off before returning to action Sept. 23 at when they take on HarvardUniversity at Ohiri Field in Cambridge, Mass.