NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Junior Michelle Sheehan (Belmont, Mass.) tallied her conference-leading ninth goal of the season, but the University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team wrapped up its regular season with a 2-1 loss to YaleUniversity on Saturday evening at Reese Stadium.
With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 10-6-2 overall but remain at 6-1-1 in the conference, with a big day coming Sunday that will
decide UNH’s role in the America East regular season title as well as the conference tournament. The Bulldogs improve to 9-6-0.
Trailing 1-0 in the 55th minute, the Wildcats gained the equalizer when sophomore Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) and senior Marianne Rivard (West Kingston, R.I.) set up Sheehan’s goal that gives her a conference-high 20 points.
That was as close as the Wildcats would come to a lead as the Bulldogs netted the game winner in the 70th minute when Maggie Westfal found the back of the net.
Wildcat goalkeeper Nikki Golding (Milton, Mass.) made seven saves as she was tagged with just her second loss of the season.
Yale goalie Susan Starr stopped four shots.
The Bulldogs got the scoring started with left in the first half when Becky Brown beat Golding to give her team the 1-0 advantage.
The ‘Cats will have their eyes on the scoreboard Sunday as three of the four conference games could have an impact on who the America East Regular Season Champion is, as well as what the tournament seeding will look like.
A BostonUniversity loss or tie against BinghamtonUniversity would give the Wildcats their first regular season title in school history. If BostonUniversity wins, however, the two schools would share the title with tiebreakers needed to decide the seeding for the America East Championships. StonyBrookUniversity versus the University of Maine and the University of Hartford versus the University of Vermont could both impact the seeding if the Terriers were to win.
The 'Cats return to action Sunday, Nov. 4 at noon when they host a semifinal game of the America East tournament at Lewis Fields. The team they will play is yet to be determined.