Best nets both goals to send Wildcats to postseason
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) scored a pair of second-half goals to lead the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to Thursday night's 2-1 America East victory against Stony Brook University at LaValle Stadium.
With the win, UNH improved to 9-7-2 overall and 5-3-0 in America East to clinch its fourth consecutive appearance in the America East tournament, which will begin with first-round action Nov. 2. The Wildcats' 15 points places them in a tie for third place in the standings with Binghamton University. SBU fell to 6-8-4, 3-4-1.
Stony Brook took a 1-0 lead at 11:11 when Victoria Feliciano scored a goal set up by Kristin Mishrell and Marisa Nucci. The Seawolves took that 1-0 lead into halftime.
Best evened the score, 1-1, in the 52nd minute when she beat her defender for a 1-v-1 with SBU goalkeeper Cindy Bennett and slipped the ball into the net. Best netted her team-leading 13th goal of the season at 81:07 on a blast from 20 yards to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead.
UNH goalkeeper Lynn Gugliuzza (Kenmore, N.Y.) finished with five saves and SBU's Bennett stopped four shots.
Best's 13 goals this season is tied for No. 2 on UNH's list of single-season superlatives and her 28 points ranks No. 3. She currently has 36 career goals, which trails only record holder Diane McLoughlin (1987-90), who finished with 38 goals. Best's 85 points trails McLoughlin (87 points) and Kimberly Boyle (1993-96; 86 points).
New Hampshire concludes the regular season Oct. 30 at Albany. Game time is 1 p.m.