ALBANY, N.Y. – Junior Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.) scored her second goal of the season and sophomore Chelsea Kuss (Warners, N.Y.) extended her point-scoring streak, but Shayla Bergeron netted a pair of goals as the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team was edged by the University at Albany on Thursday afternoon at Varsity Field.
The Wildcats fall to 5-6-3 on the season, including 1-2-0 in America East play, while the Great Danes improve to 6-6-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the conference.
Gilkenson and Kuss jump-started the 'Cats 27:04 into the game when Gilkenson received a cross from Kuss on the right and ripped a shot from the top of the box that beat Albany goalkeeper Breanna Maggio to give UNH a 1-0 lead. The assist, Kuss' league-leading fifth of the season, extended her point-scoring streak to three matches. The reigning America East Player of the Week now has at least one point in five of her last seven contests and leads the team with nine points.
Just 2:25 later, however, Bergeron collected a pass from Kendra Harrell-Vigil on a breakaway and beat freshman goalkeeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) to tie it at one.
The score stayed that way the entire match until Bergeron struck again with just 2:36 remaining in regulation to lift her squad to the 2-1 win.
Correa made seven saves, while Maggio stopped four shots.
Senior Amy Avitabile (Pembroke, Mass.) was named the America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats, while Bergeron took home the honors for Albany.
Albany doubled up the Wildcats in shots, 24-12, and also held a 2-0 advantage in corner kicks.
The Wildcats return to action Sunday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. when they travel north to take on interstate rival University of Maine at Alumni Field.