DURHAM, N.H. – Junior forward Brooke Duchaney (Hampton Falls, N.H.) scored her first goal of 2010 to lead the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory against Bryant University on Sunday afternoon at Lewis Fields.
The Wildcats snap their four-game losing streak to improve to 3-4-2 on the season, while Bryant loses their first road game of the year (2-1) to fall to 2-5-1 overall.
After a slow start to the match, the Wildcats started putting it together and finally broke through in the 38th minute when Duchaney, who played her freshman season at Bryant, burned her former team. Junior Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.), playing in just her second game of the season after returning from injury, sent a through ball from the middle of the field to the left side of the box where sophomore Chelsea Kuss (Warners, N.Y.) collected the ball and crossed it to the middle of the box for Duchaney, who finished it off and knocked it into the middle of the net to make it 1-0. Duchaney was named the America East Player of the Game for her efforts.
Freshman goalkeeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) earned the first shutout of her career by making three saves. Bryant goalkeeper Kelsi Jacob stopped two shots, but was bombarded with a handful of Wildcat breakaways, including one where she took out a streaking Amy Avitabile (Pembroke, Mass.) in the 65th minute to thwart UNH's opportunity to take a 2-0 lead. Jacob received a yellow card on the play.
UNH had multiple chances the rest of the way, but could not pick up the insurance goal. In the 64th minute, sophomore Allie Coppenrath (Green Harbor, Mass.) sent a ball from the middle of the field to the right flank where freshman Kristi Zarrilli (Gorham, Maine) crossed it to the far post, but sophomore Drea Nogueira (New Bedford, Mass.) could not catch up to it as it went just out of her reach.
The Wildcats seemingly had the game put away in the 87th minute when the service from the midfield by sophomore Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla.) left senior Carole LeBlanc (Grand-Digue, New Brunswick) all alone on the right side of the box. She beat Jacob with a floater to the far post, but the ball rolled to a stop at the goal line and as Nogueira attempted to finish it off, Jacob dove on it to keep it a one-goal game.
Bryant held a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks, while the Wildcats held a slight edge in shots, 13-11.
The Wildcats return to action Thursday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. when they play host to intrastate rival Dartmouth at Lewis Fields.