Best nets game-winning goal in overtime
DURHAM, N.H. -- Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) scored the game-tying goal with 7:03 remaining in regulation and netted the game-winning goal in the 104th minute to propel the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to Friday afternoon's 3-2 overtime victory against Binghamton University in America East action at Lewis Fields.
UNH won its third consecutive game to improve to 5-4-2 overall and 1-0-0 in America East. Binghamton had its five-game unbeaten streak of 4-0-1 come to an end and is now 6-2-1, 0-1-0.
With the game tied 2-2 through 90 minutes of regulation and the first 10-minute overtime session, Best converted the first scoring opportunity in the second OT period into a goal to end the game at 103:07. Best dribbled down the left wing and fired a shot that caromed off Binghamton goalkeeper Kristie Bowers' fingertips inside the far post.
UNH goalie Lynn Gugliuzza (Kenmore, N.Y.) entered the game at the start of the second half and earned the victory with a career-high nine saves, including two in overtime, in 58:07 of action. Starting goalie Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.) made two saves and allowed two goals in the first half. BU's Bowers finished with four saves.
Binghamton generated more dangerous scoring opportunities in the first half and built a 2-1 halftime lead. The Bearcats opened the scoring at 16:49 when Tatiana Mathelier converted a low through ball into a goal with a shot inside the left post.
The Wildcats tied the score, 1-1, less than three minutes later, however. A service by Hillary Mefferd (Portland, Ore.) from the right corner bounced across the box to Ashlee Cieslak (Greendale, Wisc.), who half-volleyed the ball into the upper-right corner of the net.
BU regained the lead 2-1 when Povill once again set up Mathelier, this time on a shot from the right wing inside the near post, at 21:44.
The Wildcats increased their number of dangerous scoring chances in the second half and it finally resulted in Best's game-tying goal at 82:57. Best gathered a throw-in by Mefferd along the right touchline and blasted a 30-yard shot to the left post.
Binghamton regained momentum through the rest of regulation but could not break the tie. Mathelier thought she had scored the game-winning goal three minutes into the first overtime session but the play had been whistled for a hand ball.
UNH returns to action Oct. 3 at home vs. UMBC. Game time at Lewis Fields is 1 p.m.