WOMEN'S SOCCER CRUISES PAST IONA, 3-1
Box Score

DURHAM, N.H.
Caitlin Whelan (Weymouth, Mass.) netted a pair of goals and the University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team downed Iona College, 3-1, Sunday at Lewis Fields.
   
The Wildcats (3-1-0), who won their third match in a row, held a 23-8 advantage over Iona (0-4-0) in shots, as well as an 11-1 edge in corner kicks.

Whelan’s two goals match her career high, and mark the second time this season she has tallied a pair. She scored twice Wednesday against Holy Cross.

The game was scoreless until late in the 34th minute when senior midfielder Adriana Gonzalez-Medina (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) served a pass from the left corner into the box, where Whelan put her head squarely on the ball and knocked it into the net.
   
The Wildcats added another goal just 25 seconds into the second half. UNH was awarded a penalty kick when junior forward and America East Player of the Week Michelle Sheehan (Belmont, Mass.) was tripped up in the box by Gael goalie Suzanne Baldissard. Senior co-captain Caitlyn Serafine (Canandaigua, N.Y.) took the kick for the Wildcats and put the ball just inside the left post to give her team a 2-0 advantage. The tally was Serafine’s first of the season.
   
Iona would cut its deficit in half in the 57th minute when Abby Dixon fed Mariel Pepe, who was waiting in the right side of the box and put the ball past UNH sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Golding (Milton, Mass.).
   
The Wildcats added an insurance goal in the 61st minute when Whelan struck for the second time. Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) set up Whelan, who was in the top left of the box and beat Baldissard to the right side of the net.

Golding earned her second win of the season with her one-save effort.

Baldissard made eight saves in the loss.

UNH’s next match will be Sept. 11 when it hosts Brown University at 4 p.m. on Lewis Fields.
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