SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The University of New Hampshire women's soccer team fell by a score of 2-0 at Bryant in a Friday afternoon match. The loss drops the Wildcats to 2-5-1 on the year while Bryant improves to 4-4.
The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute of play when Katy Biagi placed a shot to the top corner of the net. The initial shot hit the post and was collected by Biagi. She then found the back of the net for the goal.
Wildcat goalkeeper Mimi Borkan (Medfield, Mass.) denied Biagi's second attempt in the 16th minute as she made her first save of the afternoon. Junior Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) ripped a shot at Bryant goalie Kaylan Conrad, however the attempt was saved. Classmate Brianna Spitler (Montoursville, Pa.) also tried to level the score in the 33rd minute, but Conrad made the save.
Borkan made a total of three saves in the first stanza. At the end of the first half, the score remained 1-0.
In the 51st minute, Shana Follette gave Bryant a 2-0 lead on an unassisted play. Ledwith, Kristi Zarrilli (Gorham, Maine) and Kennedy Nickerson (Niantic, Conn.) each recorded shots on goal in the second half, but Conrad made saves on all three. At the end of 90 minute, the score was finalized, 2-0.
Borkan made a total of five saves on seven shots faced in the match as her record fell to 1-2 on the year. Conrad saved all six shots the Wildcats sent on net as she earned the shutout for Bryant. Her record improves to 3-3.
The Wildcats are back on the pitch Wednesday, Sept. 25 as the team travels to Holy Cross for a night tilt. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.