Women's Soccer Downs UNH to Clinch Share of AE Regular-Season Title


DURHAM, N.H. — Behind a 2-0 victory at New Hampshire at Wildcats Stadium on Sunday, Hartford women's soccer has clinched at least a share of the America East Regular-Season Championship. Junior Kaila Lozada and senior Ashley Claud each scored in the first half to help secure the Hawks' fourth regular-season title in the past five seasons. With the win, Hartford (13-2-2) concludes its league slate with a 6-1-1 record, which is good for a first-round bye in the upcoming playoffs as either the first or second seed. New Hampshire (6-8-1), which falls to 3-4-1 with the defeat, secures the sixth seed in the postseason. HARTFORD 2, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0

  • Claud set up the Hawks' first goal of the afternoon in the 16th minute. Dribbling down the sideline and sending a cross into the six-yard box, Lozada crashed the net and buried a shot to give Hartford the early lead.

  • Hartford continued to apply pressure and put another one away in the 36th minute. Claud, who forced a turnover just outside the 18-yard box, dribbled and fired one past Wildcats' keeper Mia Neas to make it a 2-0 advantage with her team-best ninth goal of the season.

  • The Hawks, who held an 11-8 advantage in shots, dodged a bullet in the 76th minute, when Casey Peterson hit the crossbar for UNH. Hartford held off the Wildcats, though, to come away with the shutout win.

  • Sophomore goalkeeper Maia Perez registered three saves for the Hawks for her sixth shutout victory of the season. Her 13 victories are the 11th-most in a single season in program history.

HARTFORD NOTES

  • Hartford's 13 regular-season victories are the most since 2011, when the Hawks also won 13 games before the postseason.

  • The Hawks enter the postseason as one of the hottest teams in the America East, winning five of their past six matches.

  • Hartford finished the home portion of its America East slate undefeated with a 4-0-0 record.

NEXT ON TAP Pending on the results of Stony Brook at UMass Lowell, the Hawks can finish either first or second in the America East standings. Earning a bye in the quarterfinals, Hartford will host a semifinal match on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 860-768-HAWK or by clicking here.

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