Women's Soccer: Wildcats capture first win in spring season
On a rainy Saturday afternoon, the UNH women's soccer team defeated Stonehill College by a score of 2-0. Junior forward Meghan Ledwith scored both goals for the Wildcats while the Skyhawks only managed to get two shots on net.
The 45-minute untimed scrimmage featured 15 total field players for the Wildcats, with freshman Mimi Borkan starting net.
Borkan, the expected starter for the season, made two saves on the day. She started in all but three games last season, with a 0.87 goals against average and totaled 73 saves on the year, as well as recording four total shutouts.
The Wildcats' first chance came about halfway into the game on a lob pass by Kellie McGoldrick. The ball found its way on net and was stopped by Stonehill goalie Jamie Block, but miscommunication between Block and the backer almost led to the first goal of the game.
Ledwith's first strike came shortly after that on a two-on-one chance with Chelsea Kuss. Kuss beat her defender and brought the ball into the box. She fired a cross into the middle, finding Ledwith with no defenders around her. She put the ball in the back right corner of the net to give UNH a 1-0 advantage.
Both teams exchanged foul calls after the goal, following a questionable tackle by a Stonehill defender, but no bookings were made.
Ledwith tallied her second goal shortly after the first goal in a similar fashion. Receiving a pass from Kuss, Ledwith's shot hit the crossbar and appeared to be cleared by the defense. The linesman immediately ruled that the ball crossed the goal line, however, giving UNH the 2-0 lead.
UNH got its third scoring chance after a midfield turnover by Stonehill College. Ledwith again found the ball in the box and fired a shot off Block. Kuss gathered the rebound but her shot was again stopped by Block. Ledwith had a second chance to get a hat trick, but she put too much on her shot and sailed the ball over the crossbar.
With less than five minutes to play, UNH got its final scoring chance. McGoldrick forced a turnover in the midfield and led freshman Kayli Igoe with a pass that split the defenders. Igoe fended off the Stonehill backer, but her shot was taken off-balance and went wide of the net.
Stonehill wasn't able to generate offense in the middle of the field, with UNH's defense forcing their passes to the outside. UNH earned more scoring chances than the Skyhawks (6-2) as well as owning a 4-2 advantage in shots on corners.
UNH finished last season with a record of 4-8-6 and 2-3-3 in conference play.
The Wildcats will continue their spring season when they travel to Brown on April 5. UNH will finish with three consecutive home games, hosting St. Anselm's College on April 12, Southern New Hampshire on April 19 and finishing with Boston University on April 26.
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