October 23, 2011

Women's Soccer Breezes Past Maine, 2-0; Earn No. 4 Seed for AE Championship

DURHAM, N.H. — Seniors Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.) and Brooke Duchaney (Hampton Falls, N.H.) both tallied goals in the first frame, leading the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over the University of Maine on Sunday afternoon at Bremner Field.

With the win the Wildcats clinch a spot in the America East Tournament for the 11th straight season, earning the No. 4 seed in postseason play. The Wildcats will host fifth-seeded Binghamton on Thursday, Oct. 27, with the time of the game still yet to be determined.  

The Wildcats wrap up their regular season with a 5-11-2 overall record and a 3-4-1 mark in America East play. As for the Black Bears, they drop to 4-9-1 overall and 2-6-0 in conference action with the loss.

New Hampshire jumped on the board early when Duchaney notched her team-best fourth goal of the season. Kelsi O'Neil (Hampton, N.H.) tracked down a ball on the right flank and sent a pass to Alli Rozelle (Stratham, N.H.) and she was able to service it into the box where Duchaney fired a shot into the left side of the net at 11:35.

The Wildcats wouldn't wait long to strike again, as Gilkenson tallied her second goal in as many games to double the advantage. Chelsea Kuss (Warners, N.Y.) pushed a ball up the left flank and sent a pass to Gilkenson at the right side of the box and she finished off the play with a shot that found the back of the net at 20:06.

The home team nearly extended its lead with just over five minutes remaining in the first stanza when Rozelle missed on a header attempt high. Alyssa Michel (Bellingham, Wash.) set up the play, servicing a ball into the box on a corner kick and Rozelle tracked it down, but her shot sailed about five feet above the crossbar and missed.

Kuss helped UNH keep up the pace in the second frame when she sent a pass from the left side to Colleen Murray (Bedford, N.H.) inside the box, but she missed wide right on a one-timer attempt with just over 19 minutes remaining in regulation.

Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) picked up her third shutout of the season in the win, compiling two saves. Megan Price-Leibenzeder stopped five shots in net for the Black Bears.

New Hampshire posted a 13-5 advantage in shots, including a 6-1 edge in the second frame. The Wildcats also owned a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.

The Wildcats opened up the day honoring their eight-member senior class of Jill Brown (Manchester, N.H.), Duchaney, Taylor Finley (Bedford, N.H.), Gilkenson, Jordyn Krall (Duxbury, Mass.), Michel, Kelly Mooney (Canton, Mass.) and Rozelle. Collectively the group has qualified for the conference tournament each season they have been on campus, including a run all the way to the 2007 America East Championship game when they earned a share of the America East regular season title. 
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