Michelle Sheehan (Belmont, Mass.) tallied her fifth goal of the season and Sara Hourihan (Lynnfield, Mass.) scored her first to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team to a hard-fought 2-0 win against Brown University Tuesday at rain-soaked Bremner Field.
UNH, which earlier in the day entered the NSCAA/Adidas Northeast Regional rankings at No. 10, won its fourth consecutive match to improve to 4-1-0, while Brown dropped its second
2-0 match of the season and fell to 0-2-0.

A driving rain pelted the field for the entire first half before breaking for the second frame. The Wildcats didn’t seem to mind the weather, however, as both of their goals came in the first half.

After Brown controlled much of the action for the first 10 minutes of the contest, the Wildcats fell into rhythm and struck first in the 15th minute. Amy Avitable (Pembroke, Mass.) took control of the ball at midfield and made a couple of moves to break through the first wave of defenders. She then served the ball up through the box to Sheehan, who chased the ball down near the left corner of the net and snuck it just past diving Brown goalkeeper Steffi Yellin and inside the left post.

The ‘Cats scored again just three minutes later when Caitlin Whelan (Weymouth, Mass.) dished the ball from midfield to a waiting Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) at the right wing. Kaplan advanced the ball to the right side of the box where Hourihan fired a shot across the box that found the back of the net.

The UNH defense played a solid game in front of goalkeeper Ally Yost (Langhorne, Pa.), who made four saves to record her second shutout of the season. Yost didn’t see her first shot on goal until the 32nd minute.

Yellin made two saves for the Bears after recording a career-high 12 in her previous game.

Brown controlled the ball for much of the final 20 minutes and pressured the UNH defense, but could never break through to obtain any scoring chances of its own.

The next game for the Wildcats is Sept. 15 when they play host to Northeastern University at 7 p.m. under the lights at Bremner Field.
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