BURLINGTON, Vt. – The University of New Hampshire women's soccer team opened up its season with a 2-0 victory over Fairfield University at the TD Bank Vermont Classic at the University of Vermont. The win gives the Wildcats a record of 1-0-0 on the season while the Stags fall to 0-1-0.
Freshman midfielder Kirstyn Corder (Overland Park, Kansas) notched the first goal of the game as well as the first of her career to help put New Hampshire up 1-0. The goal came about after Corder stole the ball from a Fairfield player and beat Stag goalie Kathleen Early with a shot to the lower left corner. The goal came in the 38th minute of play of the first half. At the end of the first 45:00, the Wildcats had a 1-0 lead.
UNH struck again in the second half when sophomore Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) found the back of the net with a header off a corner kick from Corder. The Wildcats remained resilient on defense throughout the duration of the game, denying Fairfield from getting on the board. At the end of the game, New Hampshire emerged victorious, 2-0.
Monique LaMotte (Tampa, Fla.) led UNH in the shots column, striking two. Seven other 'Cats also tallied a shot, all of which were on goal.
Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) turned away all five shots she faced for the shutout victory while Fairfield keeper Early stopped six shot attempts on the afternoon.
The Wildcats return to the pitch on Sunday when they wrap up play at the TD Bank Vermont Classic as they take on Central Connecticut State. Kickoff is set for 11:00 a.m.