DURHAM, N.H. – Kirsten O'Neil (Hampton, N.H.) and Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) each tallied a goal as the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team shutout UMass Lowell, 2-0, at home Thursday afternoon.
The Wildcats, unbeaten in their last seven games (2-0-5) improve to 4-5-6 overall and to 2-0-3 in America East play while the River Hawks fall to 0-14-1 on the year and to 0-5-0 in conference action.
UMass Lowell got the first shot on target as Sarah Raye fired a shot from the left side of the net that hit the post and bounced away from the net. Wildcat netminder Mimi Borkan (Medfield, Mass.) made her first of five saves in the shutout effort in the 12th minute of play on a shot by Samantha Balbierz.
Kirsten O'Neil responded with a blast in the 14th minute, but River Hawk goalkeeper Jane Hatzikonstantis saved the attempt. The sophomore ripped another attempt in the 36th minute, but the result was the same. UML's Emily Bracken recorded an attempt of her own in the 40th minute that went high above the goal. At the end of the first half, the score was deadlocked, 0-0.
Ledwith gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the 70th minute of play with her second goal of the season. Kirsten O'Neil played the ball through a gap to Ledwith in stride into the box. Ledwith knocked the one-time shot into the right corner of the net for the score.
In the 79th minute of play, New Hampshire took a 2-0 lead on a goal by Kirsten O'Neil, her third of the season. Kellie McGoldrick (Ambler, Pa.) blasted a ball up to Anna Deweirdt (Seattle, Wash.). Deweirdt played a perfect one-touch pass to O'Neil in the box as she beat Hatzikonstantis to the lower left side.
The River Hawks tried to come back as they took a trio of consecutive shots in the 80th and 81st minute, but Borkan made saves on all three attempts. At the end of the second half, the Wildcats earned a 2-0 win.
Borkan's record improved to 3-2-5 with the win as her five saves backboned the Wildcats to the shutout victory. Hatzikonstantis made three saves on the five shots she faced, ultimately getting the decision for UML. Her record falls to 0-6-1. The Wildcats outshot the River Hawks 16-7 in the match.
The Wildcats will host Maine in their final home contest of the season on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. for senior day and the Think Pink Match (coaches vs. cancer). There will be a pregame ceremony honoring each of the six seniors and fans are encouraged to wear pink in honor of the Think Pink Campaign.