New Hampshire women's soccer defeated by URI, 5-3

Gonzalez-Medina records goal, two assists

Adriana Gonzalez-Medina

KINGSTON, R.I. -- The University of New Hampshire women's soccer team built an early 2-0 lead, but the University of Rhode Island stormed back to record a 5-3 non-conference victory Sunday afternoon.

UNH had its two-game winning streak snapped and is now 4-3-0. URI improved to 3-4-0.

Adriana Gonzalez-Medina (Bainbridge Island, Wash.), who finished the game with a goal and two assists for a career-high four points, quickly gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 1:03 when she converted an Amanda Wiggins (Wolfeboro, N.H.) service off a corner kick into a goal.

UNH's lead expanded to 2-0 at 5:06. This time Gonzalez-Medina made the service and her crossing pass from the left side was turned into a goal by Sara Hourihan (Lynnfield, Mass.), the reigning ECAC Player of the Week and America East Rookie of the Week.

The Rams pulled within 2-1 in the 15th minute on a Kayla Reels' tally, then Melanie Kasparek scored goals 89 seconds apart - at 20:24 and 21:53 - to give URI a 3-2 lead. Rhode Island scored again in the 42nd minute to take a 4-2 advantage into halftime. Reels netted her second of the game in the 64th minute to give the Rams a three-goal lead.

Hourihan struck again on a header at 84:31 to trim the deficit to 5-3, but the 'Cats would get no closer to the Rams. It marked the third consecutive two-goal game for Hourihan.

UNH starting goalkeeper Julie Randall (East Longmeadow, Mass.) surrendered four first-half goals and was credited with three saves. In her first appearance of the season, Lynn Gugliuzza (Kenmore, N.Y.) played the second half and stopped three of four shots on goal. URI goalie Ria Carroll was credited with four saves.

New Hampshire returns to action at home vs. the College of the Holy Cross. Game time at Bremner Field is 7 p.m.

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