WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Freshman Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla.) and sophomore Alyssa Michel (Bellingham, Wash.) each scored their first goals in a UNH uniform, as the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team picked up its first America East win of the season with a 2-1 defeat of the University of Hartford at Al-Marzook Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Wildcats improve to 2-9-1 on the season, including 1-2-0 in America East play, while the Hawks fall to 4-6-2 overall and 0-1-1 in the conference.
After a scoreless first half, the Wildcats jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 65th minute when Lamotte tallied her first collegiate goal with a shot that deflected high off Hartford goalkeeper Lauren Brodeur and into the back of the net. Lamotte was set up by some quick passing from senior Morgan Keefe (South Burlington, Vt.) and junior Cassie Guerra (DeWitt, N.Y.).
Just over five minutes later in the 70th minute, the Wildcats struck again when passes from senior Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) and freshman Kelly Spencer (Exeter, N.H.) set up Michel's first Division I goal as she put the ball past Brodeur and into the left corner of the net to give UNH a two-goal advantage. The assist was the first of her college career for Spencer, UNH's America East Player of the Game.
Senior goalkeeper Ally Yost (Langhorne, Pa.) stopped every shot she faced until the 90th minute, when with 58 seconds left, Shealagh Begley took a feed from Laura Guigli and beat Yost to cut the Wildcats' lead in half. That would be as close at Hartford would come, however, as Yost finished with six saves. Brodeur stopped three shots.
Both teams recorded 10 shots, while Hartford held a 2-1 edge in corner kicks.
The Wildcats return to action Thursday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. when they play host to the University at Albany at Lewis Fields.