DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team received a pair of two-goal performances from junior forwards Michelle Sheehan (Belmont, Mass.) and Caitlin Whelan (Weymouth, Mass.), to defeat Holy Cross 5-0 in its home-opener Wednesday at Bremner Field.

UNH, which recorded a 27-11 shot advantage as well as an 8-2 edge in corner kicks, won its second consecutive match by shutout to improve to 2-1-0. Holy Cross is now 1-1-0 on the season.

The game was scoreless until the 40th minute when the Sheehan-Whelan combo struck for the first time. Whelan took the ball from the top of the box and played it up to a waiting Sheehan who slid it past Crusader goalie Jessica Stone.

Sheehan returned the favor 21 seconds later and delivered a pass to Whelan at the left wing. Whelan sailed a kick over Stone and into the right corner of the net.

That was all the offense UNH needed because sophomore goalkeeper Ally Yost (Langhorne, Pa.) turned away the four shots she saw.

The ‘Cats weren’t done, however.

Sheehan tallied her second goal of the game and fourth in the last two contests in the 56th minute when she dribbled in from the right and placed the ball just inside the left post and past new Crusader goalie Mary Ferketic.

Whelan added her second of the game four minutes later when Adriana Gonzalez-Medina (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) got in on the action and dribbled toward the middle, then put the ball on net where Whelan redirected it past Ferketic.

Gonzalez-Medina capped the scoring with a goal of her own in the 73rd minute.

The Crusaders had a couple of scoring opportunities early in the contest. Early in the third minute, Casey Boland dribbled in all alone and sent the ball toward the net from 18 yards out, but it sailed wide to the left. Lauren Wright sent a blast from 25 yards out just high and over the net moments later.

UNH returns to action Sunday at 1 p.m. when it plays host to Iona College at Lewis Field.


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