Gonzalez-Medina nets second game-winner in as many games
DURHAM, N.H. -- Adriana Gonzalez-Medina (Bainbridge, Wash.) scored a goal with 6:13 remaining and Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.) recorded her third shutout of the season with six saves to lead the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to Sunday afternoon's 1-0 victory against the University of Rhode Island at Lewis Fields.
UNH improved to 4-4-2 with its second consecutive win. URI lost its second straight to fall to 4-6-0.
In a scoreless game despite a plethora of dangerous scoring opportunities for both teams, Jacquelyn Kendall (Belchertown, Mass.) initiated the scoring sequence with a low service from 30 yards on the left wing. Gonzalez-Medina redirected the ball inside the far post to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 83:47. That Wildcat duo combined Friday (Sept. 24) to break a 2-2 tie in what proved to be the game-winning goal at Providence.
The Rams pressed to tie the score the rest of the way. Within a minute, URI pushed the ball into the right corner, where a Kelly McTurk header from 10 yards out sailed high of the crossbar. URI earned a corner kick with three minutes to play and a low shot by Thorunn Jonsdottir was snared by MacKay. Claire Landon's bid to tie the score with just over one minute remaining was blocked in front of the goal by Debbie Newman (Union, Conn.) - UNH's defensive corps had already turned away two Rams' shots at the goal line earlier in the match.
MacKay recorded four of her six saves in the second half, two of which came after UNH took the 1-0 lead. URI goalie Ria Carroll was credited with three saves.
In the 58th minute, UNH's Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) fought off a defender and won the footrace vs. Carroll to the ball outside the box, but her shot hooked wide left of the goal.
UNH returns to action Oct. 1 for its America East conference opener vs. Binghamton University. Game time at Lewis Fields is 3:30 p.m.