New Hampshire women's soccer ties up UMass, 1-1

DURHAM, N.H. - Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.), a junior forward on the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team, scored with 1:27 remaining in regulation to tie the game and the Wildcats played to a 1-1 final against the University of Massachusetts on Wednesday night at Bremner Field.

UNH, which had lost all previous nine meetings vs. the Minutewomen, is now 1-3-1 on the season while UMass is 2-0-1.

Best, who had a handful of near misses that included a shot that carmoed off the crossbar in the 16th minute, headed home a midfield service from Shannon Oltman (Edmonds, Wash.) to tie the score, 1-1, at 88:33.

UNH had the best opportunity in the overtime sessions when UMass was whistled for a foul from 22 yards. From the middle of the pitch, the ensuing direct kick by Ana Tobon (Philadelphia, Pa.) curved over the UMass wall of defenders and just wide of the right post.

UMass, which was outshot 24-9, took a 1-0 lead at 40:40. Nadia Villarorroel initiated the scoring sequence with a pass from the left corner to Morgan Czaja. Her service into the box was trapped by Lindsay Bellini, who then turned and fired a low shot into the net from 10 yards.

UNH goalkeeper Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.) made four saves while counterpart Kelly Nigh was credited with seven saves.

UNH returns to action Sept. 13 (1 p.m.) at the College of the Holy Cross. The next Wildcat home game is Sept. 16 vs. Providence College. Game time at Lewis Fields is 4 p.m.

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