UNH WILDCATS Featured Stories

DURHAM, N.H. — Michael Jackson, 10th-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team, announced that Debbie Newman (Unior, Conn.) and Julie Wernig (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) have been named co-captains for the 2005 season. Both players were America East All-Conference Second Team selections as a junior in 2004.


DURHAM, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire women's soccer team celebrated the 2004 season - one in which the Wildcats finished in a tie atop the America East conference standings - at its banquet Feb. 13 and gave special recognition to seven student-athletes on the squad.


Senior forward Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) and junior back Debbie Newman (Union, Conn.) of the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team were both named to the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) All-New England Second Team.


Senior forward Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) and junior back Debbie Newman (Union, Conn.) of the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team were recently named to the University Division District I First Team of the CoSIDA 2004 Academic All-District Women's Soccer Team.


VESTAL, N.Y. — Seniors Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) and Shannon Oltman (Edmonds, Wash.) of the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team were named to the 2004 America East All-Championship Team at the conclusion of the tournament on Sunday, Nov. 7.


Best named Striker of the Year

VESTAL, N.Y. — Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.), a senior tri-captain on the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team, was named Striker of the Year by America East at Thursday evening's America East annual awards banquet that was held at Binghamton University. Best and five other Wildcats also earned all-conference honors.


'Cats ousted in America East semifinals

VESTAL, N.Y. — The second-seeded University of Maine women's soccer team netted two second-half goals to defeat third-seeded University of New Hampshire, 2-0, in Friday afternoon's semifinal game of the America East Championships at Binghamton University's West Gym Field.


Best breaks school record to lift UNH into semifinals

DURHAM, N.H. — Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) recorded a goal and an assist to become the all-time leading point scorer at the University of New Hampshire and lift the UNH women's soccer team to Tuesday afternoon's 4-0 victory against the University of Hartford in first-round action of the America East Championships at Lewis Fields.


Wildcats finish in first-place tie, will be No. 3 seed

ALBANY, N.Y. — Katie Sullivan (Worcester, Mass.) broke a 1-1 tie in the 58th minute and it proved to be the game-winning goal as the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team defeated the University at Albany, 2-1, in Saturday afternoon's America East regular-season finale.


Best nets both goals to send Wildcats to postseason

STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) scored a pair of second-half goals to lead the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to Thursday night's 2-1 America East victory against Stony Brook University at LaValle Stadium.


ORONO, Maine — Erin Corey scored in the 19th minute and it proved to be the only goal of the match as the University of Maine women's soccer team defeated the University of New Hampshire, 1-0, in America East action Sunday afternoon.


BOSTON — Senior forward Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) of the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team was selected Player of the Week by the America East conference on Monday. She also received the award Oct. 4.


DURHAM, N.H. - Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa./Strath Haven) punctuated Senior Day with two goals in a 12-second span in the second half to lead the UNH Wildcats to a 3-1 victory over the Hartford Hawks Sunday afternoon at Lewis Field.


DURHAM, N.H. - Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa./Strath Haven) assisted on the first goal of the match and then put in the eventual game-winning tally as the UNH Wildcats defeated the Vermont Catamounts, 2-1, Friday night at Bremner Field.


BOSTON — Jessie Haidamaka scored in the 102nd minute to lift the Northeastern University women's soccer team to Sunday afternoon's 2-1 overtime victory against the University of New Hampshire.


DURHAM, N.H. — Meghann Cook recorded two goals and an assist to propel the Boston University women's soccer team to Friday afternoon's 4-0 America East victory against the University of New Hampshire at Lewis Fields.


DURHAM, N.H. — Senior forward Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) of the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team was one of 11 players selected to the Soccer Buzz National Elite Team of the Week on Wednesday evening. It is the second honor of the week for Best, who garnered Player of the Week from America East on Monday.


BOSTON — Senior forward Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) of the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team was named Player of the Week by the America East conference on Monday.


Best scores three goals to propel Wildcats

DURHAM, N.H. — Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) matched her career high of three goals and Lynn Gugliuzza (Kenmore, N.Y.), in her first career start, stopped all three shots on target to lead the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to Sunday afternoon's 3-0 America East victory against UMBC at Lewis Fields.


Best nets game-winning goal in overtime

DURHAM, N.H. — Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) scored the game-tying goal with 7:03 remaining in regulation and netted the game-winning goal in the 104th minute to propel the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to Friday afternoon's 3-2 overtime victory against Binghamton University in America East action at Lewis Fields.


BOSTON — Adriana Gonzalez-Medina (Bainbridge Island, Wash.), a freshman forward on the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team, was honored as Rookie of the Week by the America East conference Monday afternoon.


Gonzalez-Medina nets second game-winner in as many games

DURHAM, N.H. — Adriana Gonzalez-Medina (Bainbridge, Wash.) scored a goal with 6:13 remaining and Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.) recorded her third shutout of the season with six saves to lead the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to Sunday afternoon's 1-0 victory against the University of Rhode Island at Lewis Fields.


Best sparks Wildcats with two goals

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Late goals by Adriana Gonzalez-Medina (Bainbridge, Wash.) and Ashlee Cieslak (Greendale, Wisc.) broke a 2-2 tie and propelled the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to Friday afternoon's 4-2 victory at Providence College.


DURHAM, N.H. — Harvard University scored two early goals en route to Sunday afternoon's 3-0 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire in women's soccer action at Bremner Field.

UNH is now 2-4-2 on the season while Harvard is 2-3-1.

The Crimson took a 1-0 lead at 6:25 when Alisha Moran's low shot from the middle of the penalty box caromed off the right post into the goal. Emily Colvin set up the tally with a centering pass from the left corner.

Harvard extended the advantage to 2-0 at 16:30 when Laura Odorczyk dribbled along the right touchline and played the ball into the corner for Jamie Greenwald, whose shot found the back of the net.

The visitors took that two-goal lead into halftime. A service by Katie Johnston on a left corner kick resulted in an own goal at the far post at 81:17.

UNH starting goalkeeper Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.) made five saves and allowed two goals. Lynn Gugliuzza (Kenmore, N.Y.) entered at the start of the second half and went the rest of the way in goal. She was credited with four saves and surrendered just the own goal.

Harvard goalkeepers Katie Shields and Maja Agustsdottir combined for the shutout. Shields played the initial 78:14 and made four saves to earn the win. Aguststdottir played the final 11:46 and was not required to make a save.

Both of UNH's best scoring chances were created in the first half. In the opening minutes, Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) fired a shot wide right of the cage. Julie Wernig (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) was denied by Shields on a dangerous bid midway through the first half.

UNH returns to action Sept. 24 (4 p.m.) at Providence College. The next Wildcat home game is Sept. 26 vs. Rhode Island. Game time at Lewis Fields is 1 p.m.




PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Julie Wernig (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) scored her first collegiate goal and Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.) recorded six saves for the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team, but Brown University prevailed 2-1 Friday night at Stevenson Field with an overtime goal in the 96th minute.


DURHAM, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire women's soccer team and Dunkin' Donuts present Nike Youth Day on Sunday, Sept. 26. The day's festivities begin at 10:45 a.m. with a free soccer clinic and that is followed by UNH's match vs. the University of Rhode Island at one o'clock and a post-game autograph session including free team posters. All activities will take place at Lewis Fields (UNH's grass soccer facility).

The soccer clinic, which will be feature Wildcat coaches and players as instructors, is open to girls and boys aged 5-14 and will be approximately one hour in length.

Registration is required. To receive an application or for more information, contact assistant coach Kelly Martin at (603) 862-0744 or via e-mail at klmartin@cisunix.unh.edu.




BOSTON — Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.), a senior goalkeeper on the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team, was named Player of the Week by America East on Monday.

MacKay went 1-0-1 last week with a 0.45 goals-against-average and .857 save percentage as she stopped six of seven shots in 200 minutes. She recorded her second shutout of the season and sixth of her career with a three-save effort vs. the University of Massachusetts as the Wildcats defeated the Minutewomen for the first time in school history, 1-0 on Sept. 12. MacKay also had three saves in UNH's 1-1 draw vs. Dartmouth on Sept. 9, and that result snapped a 12-match losing streak to the Big Green that dated back to a 2-0 Wildcat win in 1991.

In six matches this season (all starts and a total of 535 minutes), MacKay has a 2-2-2 record with a 1.68 GAA and .714 save percentage. In 41 career games, she has a 12-14-7 overall record with a 1.38 GAA and .737 save percentage in 2979:07 of action.

UNH, unbeaten in three games at 1-0-2, is 2-2-2 overall and returns to action Sept. 17 (7 p.m.) at Brown. The next Wildcat home game is Sept. 19 vs. Harvard. Game time at Lewis Fields is 1 p.m.




Serafine's first collegiate goal lifts Wildcats

DURHAM, N.H.. — Caitlyn Serafine (Canandaigua, N.Y.) scored her first collegiate goal to lift the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to its first victory against the University of Massachusetts with Sunday afternoon's 1-0 non-conference win at Lewis Fields.

UNH extended its unbeaten streak to three games (1-0-2) and improved to 2-2-2 overall. UMass, which had been 9-0-1 lifetime vs. the Wildcats, is now 0-4-0 on the season.

Kelly Collins (Manchester, N.H.) set up the goal when her thru-ball from midfield was settled by Serafine outside of the penalty area. UMass goalkeeper Krsitin Walker charged from the goal line but Serafine chipped the ball over the keeper into the net to break the scoreless tie at 77:52.

UMass had a dangerous opportunity to tie the game with five minutes remaining when UNH was whistled for a foul 40 yards from the goal near the right touch line. UNH goalie Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.) nullified it, however, when she snared the service by Lindsey Bellini out of the air.

The Minutewomen threatened again with 2:40 to play when Jenny Roehrig dribbled along the left end line and fired a shot wide of the far post.

UNH controlled possession the rest of the way to secure the victory.

MacKay finished with three saves for UNH while UMass' Walker stopped six shots.

Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) produced UNH's most dangerous scoring chances until Serafine's tally. In the 28th minute, a long service by Jacquelyn Kendall (Belchertown, Mass.) allowed Best to work behind the defense and cut to the middle of the field, where her shot was blocked by the oncoming Walker. Walker also denied Best in the 52nd minute when she charged to the top of the box and grabbed the ball before Best, who was in alone, could fire a shot. Minutes later, Serafine's thru-ball sent Best down the right wing and her 15-yard blast was turned aside at the near post.

The Wildcats return to action Sept. 17 (7 p.m.) at Brown University. The Wildcats' next home match is Sept. 19 Harvard. Game time at Lewis Fields is 1p.m.




DURHAM, N.H.. — Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) gave the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute, but Dartmouth College tied the score with 14 seconds remaining in the first half and Thursday night's match ended in a 1-1 draw at Bremner Field.

UNH is now 1-2-2 on the season while Dartmouth remained unbeaten at 1-0-2.

Best netted the first goal of the game at 30:24 when her left-footed blast from 30 yards on the left wing snuck inside the near post. Shannon Oltman (Edmonds, Wash.) set up the tally with a throw-in on the left sideline.

Dartmouth tied the game, 1-1, at 44:46 on pressure from a corner kick when Monica Martin de Bustamante flicked the ball in the box and Colleen Kelly's header caromed off the post into the net.

UNH goalkeeper Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.) was credited with three saves, including one in the pair of 10-minute overtime sessions. DC goalie Anne Marbarger also made three saves, one of which came in OT.

Both teams had strong scoring chances to break the tie late in the second half. UNH's best opportunity came when Best ran down a long service into the penalty box and one-timed a shot wide of the left post. Moments later, the Big Green almost took the lead as Annie Stanley's half-volley from 20 yards was denied by MacKay at the left post.

Midway through the first overtime, shots by Christina Ferraris and Sarah Johnson of the Big Green were cleared away from the goal line by UNH defenders Katie Sullivan (Worcester, Mass.) and Lindsey Smagula (Bedford, N.H.), respectively.

Early in the second extra session, Best nearly struck again when her low blast caromed off a diving Marbarger's hands wide of the left post. On the ensuing corner kick, a header by Ashlee Cieslak (Greendale, Wisc.) sailed high of the crossbar.

The Wildcats return to action Sept. 12 at home vs. the University of Massachusetts. Game time at Lewis Fields is 1 p.m.




CORVALLIS, Ore. — Jackie Wishoski (Malden, Mass.) scored with 6:05 remaining in the second half to lift the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team into Sunday afternoon's 2-2 tie against Fresno State University in the final round of the Nike Invitational Tournament at Oregon State's Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium.

UNH is now 1-2-1 overall while FSU is 0-3-1.

Wishoski netted her team-leading third goal of the season when she beat FSU goalkeeper Jeannette Paine in a 1-v-1 move following a lead pass from teammate Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.); both Wishoski and Best were selected to the OSU/Nike All-Tournament Team. That goal tied the game 2-2 at 83:55 and neither goalkeeper was beaten the rest of the way, including both 10-minute overtime sessions, and the match ended in a draw despite UNH's 22-12 shot advantage.

Wildcat goalkeeper Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.) was credited with six saves, two of which came in the extra sessions, while Paine stopped eight shots defending the FSU cage.

UNH took a 1-0 lead late in the first half when Ashlee Cieslak (Greendale, Wisc.) scored an unassisted goal at 44:57. Cortney Sobrero netted goals in the 63rd and 76th minutes to give FSU a 2-1 advantage.

Wishoski now has 26 career goals, which ranks No. 4 on UNH's all-time list, while Best is No. 8 on the program's all-time assist list with 12. Best and Wishoski are tied at No. 4 with 58 career points.

The Wildcats return to action when they play their home opener Sept. 9 vs. intrastate rival Dartmouth College. Game time at Lewis Fields is 4 p.m.




CORVALLIS, Ore. — The Oregon State University women's soccer team netted two goals in a span of 4:25 early in the second half to break open a close game en route to a 4-0 victory against the University of New Hampshire in Friday night's opening-round action of the Nike Invitational Tournament at OSU's Lorenz Field at Valley Stadium.

UNH is now 1-2-0 overall while OSU is still unbeaten at 3-0-0.

Oregon State netted a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute on a goal by Jodi Taylor and the home team took that one-goal advantage into halftime. Alyssa Blackwell scored at 50:11 and Stacey Mescher struck at 54:36 to extend the lead to 3-0. Chloe Mutnick capped the scoring at 85:25.

UNH goalkeeper Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.) recorded six saves while the OSU goalkeeping tandem of Melissa Onstad (four saves) and Amy Johnson (zero saves) combined for the shutout.

The final score did not belie how close the match was. Statistics, which reflected a slight edge to OSU in both shots (16-13) and corner kicks (4-2), were a better barometer.

UNH concludes play in the Nike Invitational Tournament vs. Fresno State on Sept. 5. The Wildcats play their home opener Sept. 9 vs. intrastate rival Dartmouth College. Game time at Lewis Fields is 4 p.m.




Wishoski nets second goal in as many days for 'Cats

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Jackie Wishoski (Malden, Mass.) gave the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute, but Oklahoma State rallied to a 3-1 victory in Sunday's second day of action at the Banknorth Soccer Classic, which was held at the University of Vermont's Centennial Field.




Wishoski, Collins provide Wildcats' goals

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Jackie Wishoski (Malden, Mass.) and Kelly Collins (Manchester, N.H.) scored first-half goals to lead the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to Saturday afternoon's 2-0 victory against Lafayette College in the opening match of the Banknorth Soccer Classic, which is being held at the University of Vermont's Centennial Field. It was the season opener for both teams.




DURHAM, N.H. — Explosive offense. Staunch defense. These two elements will serve the University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team well in the 2004 season.




BOSTON — The University of New Hampshire women's soccer team, which finished fourth in the 2003 conference standings with a 5-2-2 record, was selected third in the 2004 America East Women's Soccer Coaches' Poll that was released Tuesday afternoon by the league.






View: Mobile | Desktop