DURHAM, N.H.—The UMBC women's soccer team (2-9-1, 1-2-0 AE) dropped its second straight match, falling to America East rival New Hampshire (5-5-3, 1-1-0 AE) by a score of 2-0 Sunday afternoon at the Wildcats' Lewis Fields.
New Hampshire struck early, scoring just 1:30 into the game when forward Chelsea Kuss got a hold of the ball deep on the right flank and directed a pass to midfielder Carole LeBlanc at the top of the box. LeBlanc quickly touched up the pass and fired a shot past UMBC freshman goalie Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) into the right side of the net for the 1-0 lead.
Late in the first half, UNH midfielder Stephanie Gilkenson gave the Wildcats some security when she collected a rebound of a Drea Nogueria shot, which Kadet had turned away moments earlier, and slipped it past the Retriever keeper and into the right side of the net in the 42nd minute.
Kadet finished with seven saves in the game, while UNH goalie Erica Correa stopped nine shots.
The Retrievers outshot the Wildcats, 15-13, including 10-5 in the second half, and held a 4-2 advantage on corner kicks. Sophomore forward Rachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) and freshman forward Amy Savage (Ottawa, Ontario/Sir Wilfrid Laurier) each took a game-high four shots.
The Retrievers return to action on Thursday, when they open a three-game home stand against America East rival Maine at 4 p.m.