– Junior forward Michelle Sheehan (Belmont, Mass.) scored her conference-leading fourth game-winning goal of the season, and junior Julie O’Shaughnessy (Manchester, N.H.) and sophomore Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) each scored their first goals of the season, to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team past the University at Albany, 3-0, Sunday at Lewis Fields.
With the win – their third in a row – the Wildcats improve to 7-4-1 overall, including 3-0-0 in America East play, while the Great Danes drop to 3-6-3 overall and 0-3-0 in the conference.
After a sloppy start to the first half in which the Wildcats failed to consistently connect on passes, the ‘Cats jumped on the board in the 34th minute when junior Caitlin Whelan (Weymouth, Mass.) passed the ball from midfield to O’Shaughnessy on the right wing. Sheehan took a pass from O’Shaughnessy in the middle of the box and was immediately pressured by the Albany defense and its goalkeeper, Maria Liguori. When Liguori came out to challenge, Sheehan lobbed the ball over the keeper’s head and into the net.
The goal moved Sheehan into a tie for the conference lead in goals (7) and gave her sole possession of the points lead (16).
The score stayed 1-0 through the half and until the 57th minute when Kaplan fired a shot on net that Liguori was forced to make a diving stop on. When the rebound squirted loose, O’Shaughnessy took advantage of the down-and-out keeper and found the back of the net for the first time in her career.
Kaplan put the finishing touches on the scoring in the 78th minute, finding a loose ball in the middle of the box that she buried in the top left corner of the net for her first tally of the season.

Sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Golding (Milton, Mass.) made six stops to record her second shutout of the season and run her record to 4-1-1.

Liguori made 10 saves for the Great Danes.

The Wildcat offense began clicking in the second half and executed on numerous crosses that were stopped by Liguori. The ‘Cats outshot the Great Danes 24-13, including 17-6 in the second half.
The Wildcats return to action Oct. 11 when they travel to Stony Brook to take on the Seawolves at 7 p.m.
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