DURHAM, N.H.— A header by Veronica Hardy in the 52nd minute helped lead New Hampshire past the Sacred Heart women's soccer team, 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Bremner Field.
UNH wasted little time setting the tempo of the game as Kaylan Williams deflected the pass in the Pioneers defensive zone and took the ball in for the breakaway goal just 11 seconds into the game. The Wildcats controlled much of the first half, outshooting the Pioneers 10-4. The SHU attack drew a penalty in the final minute of the first half, setting up a free kick for junior Alex Mesropyan. With seconds ticking away before the half, the captain pinned a laser of a shot over the wall of UNH defenders and into the back left of the net to tie the game at 1-1.
The Pioneers looked to continue the momentum out of the break but UNH was able to pick up the eventual game winner as Hardy put in a header off the rebound from Brooke Murphy's initial shot for the 2-1 edge. The Pioneers had a flurry of shots in the 55th minute as Mesropyan fired a shot off the crossbar, junior Lindsay Corallo had a header opportunity right in front of the net but it was saved by Mia Neas. Freshman Taylor Casale also had chance to tie the game from the left side in the 73rd minute but Neas turned her shot away.
Sacred Heart turned up the offensive pressure in the second half, outshooting the Wildats 8-6. Junior goalkeeper Nicole Sambuco recorded six saves on the afternoon.
The Pioneers will return to the pitch Tuesday, August 29 for a 7:00 p.m. matchup at Yale.