DURHAM, N.H. – Freshman goalkeeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) tallied a game-high nine saves on her way to her third career shutout, leading the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over the University of Maryland Baltimore County on Sunday afternoon at Lewis Fields.
The victory gives the 'Cats their first conference win of the season, improving to 5-5-3 overall and 1-1-0 in America East play. As for the Retrievers, they fall to 2-9-1 overall and 1-2-0 in conference action.
The Wildcats are now 7-1-0 all-time versus the Retrievers, including a 4-1-0 mark at home. What's more, the 'Cats have not surrendered a goal to UMBC at home over the last 373:50. UMBC's lone goal in Durham came in the teams' first-ever meeting in 2003, which resulted in the Retrievers' only win of the series (1-0). Overall, the 'Cats have compiled a 0.25 goals against average and a .947 save percentage at home versus UMBC.
New Hampshire got on the board about one minute into the first half when Chelsea Kuss (Warners, N.Y.) got a hold of the ball deep on the right flank in the corner of the field and directed a pass to Carole LeBlanc (Grand-Digue, New Brunswick) at the top of the box, as she quickly touched up the pass and fired a shot past UMBC goalkeeper Lauren Kadet into the left of the net at 1:30.
Junior midfielder Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.) gave the 'Cats some security in the 42nd minute when she found the back of the net for her first collegiate goal, giving the home team the early 2-0 lead.
Drea Nogueria (New Bedford, Mass.) ignited the play, taking a shot from the left side of the box, only to be turned away by Kadet, however, the attack was anything but over as Gilkenson was able to maneuver her way into the box and pick up the ball on the right side and slip it by an out of position Kadet into right side of the net at 41:46.
LeBlanc's tally comes as her second in as many games, ranking second on the squad in goals scored. As for Kuss and Nogueria, the pair is tied with eight points apiece, a mark that leads the team.UMBC slightly outshot UNH 15-13 in the contest, however, the Wildcats held an 8-3 edge in the first stanza. Alli Rozelle (Stratham, N.H.) and Nogueria led the way for New Hampshire tallying two shots each.
The Wildcats return to action Thursday, Oct. 7 when they to take on the University at Albany at 3 p.m. on Varsity Field.