DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's soccer team downed the University of Maryland, Baltimore County by a score of 2-1 in the conference opener Sunday afternoon. The win improves the Wildcats to 3-6-1 and 1-0-0 in America East on the year while the Retrievers fall to 1-7-2 and 0-0-1 in conference play.
Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) got New Hampshire on the board early in the 10th minute of play, tallying her second goal of the year. The play originated with Kristi Zarrilli (Gorham, Maine) finding Gabrielle Sloan (Stow Mass.), who in turn found Ledwith at the top of the box. The sophomore midfielder beat the UMBC keeper Lauren Kadet to the lower right corner of the net. The score remained at 1-0 for the duration of the half. New Hampshire held the edge in shots by a margin of 8-5.
The Retrievers got on the board in the 68th minute of play when Amy Savage notched a header goal. Rachel McKee played the corner kick to about the six-yard mark where Savage connected and put it away. The Wildcats were quick to respond with a goal of their own in the 69th minute of play on a penalty kick. Kirstyn Corder (Overland Park, Kansas) scored the PK attempt after she was taken down in the box. With the intensity remaining high for the remainder of the match, both squads kept pressure coming. At the end of the match, the Wildcats prevailed, 2-1.
Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) made five saves on the six shots that she faced while Kadet made seven saves on nine shots. Overall, the Wildcats tallied 16 shots while UMBC notched 10. Monique LaMotte (Tampa, Fla.) led the charge for New Hampshire with five shots, three of which were on target.
New Hampshire returns to the pitch when it travels to Binghamton on Thursday, Sept. 27. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.