ORONO, Maine – The University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team wrapped up its regular season Thursday afternoon, falling to the University of Maine, 1-0, at Alumni Field.
The Wildcats finish at 6-10-1 overall, including 5-3-0 in America East, and will wait until the other eight teams complete their seasons on Sunday to find out their seed in the conference tournament. The Black Bears improve to 6-4-6 overall and 3-2-2 in the conference and clinch a spot in the tournament, joining the Wildcats who clinched with a win over Hartford on Oct. 19.
In the 32nd minute, Christine LaBelle sent a shot toward the net from 25 yards out that found the top-left corner, beating senior goalkeeper Nikki Golding (Milton, Mass.) to give Maine the 1-0 lead.
Both defenses played well the rest of the way, but it was the Black Bears who were forced to clamp down and thwart the threats of the Wildcat offense. After being outshot 9-2 in the first half, UNH grabbed 6-5 advantage in shots in the second stanza. Senior forward Sara Hourihan (Lynnfield, Mass.), the team’s leading scorer, and senior midfielder Caitlin Whelan (Weymouth, Mass.), the 2007 America East Midfielder of the Year, each had two shots.
Golding made three saves for the Wildcats, while junior Ally Yost (Langhorne, Pa.), who took over at the start of the second half, stopped two shots. Maine keeper Jasmine Phillips made three saves.
Depending on the outcome of Sunday’s slate of games, the Wildcats will either return to action Oct. 30 in a first-round tilt, or Nov. 2 in a semifinal matchup.