WORCESTER, Mass. – Seniors Michelle Sheehan (Belmont, Mass.) and Caitlin Whelan (Weymouth, Mass.), the respective 2007 America East Striker and Midfielder of the Year, each tallied their first goals of the 2008 season to lift the University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team to Sunday’s season-opening 2-1 win against the College of the Holy Cross at Linda Johnson Smith Stadium.
The Wildcats, who are looking to get back to the America East championship game after hosting it last season, start the 2008 campaign 1-0-0, while the Crusaders are 0-1-0.
In the 22nd minute, Sheehan, who tallied a team-high 11 goals last season, took a feed from sophomore Amy Avitabile (Pembroke, Mass.) and beat Holy Cross goalkeeper Jessica Stone top shelf from 18 yards out to kick off the scoring.
The game stayed 1-0 through halftime and into the 78th minute where it was Avitabile again setting up a tally. This time it was Whelan who took the pass and deposited the ball into the right side of the net past Stone.
Junior goalkeeper Ally Yost (Langhorne, Pa.) played well in net, recording five saves for UNH. Yost almost posted her first shutout of the season until Lauren Wright’s header found the back of the net with remaining in regulation. Stone stopped seven shots for Holy Cross.
The Wildcats, who outshot the Crusaders, 24-10, return to action Friday, Aug. 29 when they travel to Vermont to kick off the UVM TD Banknorth Classic. At the ‘Cats will meet VillanovaUniversity for the first time in program history, before taking on CentralConnecticutStateUniversity at Aug. 31. The home opener for UNH is Sunday, Sept. 7 when it plays host to the University of Rhode Island at