– Junior Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) scored her first goal of the season in the 78th minute, but the comeback fell short as the University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to Big East foe Villanova University on Friday afternoon at Centennial Field in the first game of the University of Vermont’s TD Banknorth Classic.
Nikki Golding

UNH’s first loss of the season drops its record to 1-1 overall, while Villanova improves to 2-0 with its second straight win over an America East opponent. Villanova, which finished fourth in the 15-team Big East last season, blanked UMBC, 7-0, Aug. 24.
Villanova struck first, just 7:48 into the game, when Grace Hawkins found the back of the net to give her team a 1-0 lead.
Villanova gained a 2-0 advantage in the 35th minute when Kathryn Nagy took a feed from Nicole Coia and beat UNH goalkeeper, senior Nikki Golding (Milton, Mass.).
The score stayed 2-0 through halftime and into the 78th minute when Kaplan, who tallied a career-high three goals last season, used an individual effort to collect UNH’s lone goal of the day.
UNH kept the battle of the two Wildcat squads close despite being outshot, 24-11, including 15-6 in the first half. Golding helped in that department, recording a career-high eight saves in the contest. Villanova goalkeeper Molly Williams made four saves.
UNH returns to action Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. when it takes on Central Connecticut State University in Sunday’s first game of the Classic. The first home game for UNH is Sunday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. when it hosts the University of Rhode Island.
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