STONY BROOK, N.Y. - The University of New Hampshire women's soccer team lost a 2-0 battle to Stony Brook University in the squad's America East opener Sunday afternoon at LaValle Stadium.
The Wildcats fall to 1-8-1 on the season, including 0-1-0 in America East play, while the Seawolves improve to 2-7-1 overall and 1-0-0 in the conference.
Stony Brook jumped on the board first in the 27th minute when Holly Razzaghi's shot from 15 yards out found the back of the upper right corner of the net to stake her team to an early 1-0 lead. Razzaghi earned America East Player of the Game honors for the Seawolves.
Later on in the 54th minute, the Seawolves grabbed some insurance when Sa'sha Kershaw passed the ball from midfield to the top of the box where Meghan Gilley touched it past oncoming UNH goalkeeper Ally Yost (Langhorne, Pa.), off the right post and in.
The Wildcats tied their season high with 11 shots on goal, but Stony Brook goalkeeper Marissa Viola was up to the challenge as she made all 11 saves to record her first shutout of 2009. Yost stopped two shots for UNH.
Seniors Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) and Morgan Keefe (South Burlington, Vt.) each led the way for the Wildcats three shots. Freshman Chelsey Tewell (York Harbor, Maine) was named UNH's America East Player of the Game.
UNH held a 15-10 advantage in shots, but Stony Brook had an 8-1 edge in corner kicks.
The Wildcats return to action Thursday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. when they play host to reigning America East champion Boston University at Lewis Fields.