DURHAM, N.H. - Despite holding their attack at bay and outshooting the Great Danes in the second half, the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team fell to the University at Albany, 1-0, Thursday afternoon at Lewis Fields.
With the loss the Wildcats fall to 2-10-1 on the season, including 1-3-0 in America East play, while the Great Danes improve to 6-6-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the conference. New Hampshire posted eight of its 10 shots in the second half, while the Great Danes tallied 11 - with just four coming in the second stanza.
After a dead-locked first half of play where neither team found the back of the net, the Great Danes drew first blood in the 64th minute on a goal by their leading scorer, Chelsea DeVerna. Jaclyn Rosada put the wheels in motion for Albany when she stole the ball and crossed it over to Chrissy Klepper, who then headed the ball to an open DeVerna deep inside the left edge of the box. DeVerna kicked the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the net past diving UNH goalkeeper Ally Yost (Langhorne, Pa.).
UNH would respond to the goal with several chances late in the half, the first coming just inside the 71st minute as freshman Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla.) received a pass from the left side and fired a shot from the right flank, but was turned away by Albany goalkeeper Cate Crenson.
Moments later UNH would have another chance to catch the back of the net as senior Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) picked up the ball and dribbled it deep into the Albany zone, lofting it over a group of Great Dane defenders to sophomore Carole LeBlanc (Grand-Digue, New Brunswick) in front of the net. LeBlanc was unable to make a play on the ball, however, as it deflected off her chest and wide right of the net.
Kaplan would ignite the Wildcats once again in the 81st minute as she received a pass from Lamotte just past midfield, dribbled the ball deep into Albany's zone once again and put up a shot from the right side of the box that was turned away by Crenson.
Two minutes later, UNH would get their final chance of the match when Lamotte collected a pass right in front of the net all alone and fired a shot at Crenson, who caught the ball in the dead center of her chest. Crenson compiled six saves in the match, while Yost tallied two.
Lamotte led the Wildcats in shots with five, while freshman Allie Coppenrath (Green Harbor, Mass.) and Kaplan each posted two of their own. DeVerna and Ashley Tirabassi led the Great Danes in shots with five and four, respectively.
The Wildcats return to action Sunday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. when they travel to Hanover, N.H. to take on Dartmouth at 2 p.m.