DURHAM, N.H. – Ashleigh Barone's four points proved to be too much as the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team fell to Siena College, 3-0, Sunday afternoon at Lewis Fields.
The Wildcats' third straight loss drops them to 2-3-2, while the Saints remain perfect at 5-0-0.
Siena drew first blood in the 17th minute when Brittany Paff received a long pass from Tabitha Tice on the left flank and ripped a high shot in the middle of the net that went over the hands of freshman goalkeeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) to give her team the 1-0 lead.
The game remained tight until the 75th minute when Lindsay Tegas' shot from a near-impossible angle found the back of the net to give Siena a two-goal cushion. Barone delivered a pass from midfield to the left side of the box near the end line where Tegas hit a shot to the far post that just barely tucked inside the post.
Then with 2:03 remaining, Barone sealed it with a shot from 20 yards out on the right flank that ricocheted off the far post and into the net to make it a three-goal game.
Correa stopped two shots, while Siena goalkeeper Laura Ettinger made four saves.
The Wildcats' best chance came in the 59th minute when senior Amy Avitabile (Pembroke, Mass.) hit a shot from 25 yards out in the middle of the field that went off of Ettinger's hands before caroming off the cross bar. The ball bounced right in front to freshman Kristi Zarrilli (Gorham, Maine), who tried to settle it before her attempt sailed over the net.
UNH outshot Siena, 12-9, including 8-4 in the second half. The Saints took six corner kicks to the Wildcats' one, and were whistled for just five fouls, while 11 went against the home team.
The Wildcats return to action Friday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. when they take on Northeastern at Parsons Field. The next home game for the 'Cats will be Sunday, Sept. 19 at 1 p.m. when they play host to Bryant University at Lewis Fields.