New Hampshire women's soccer ties up Vermont, 2-2

Hourihan breaks 'Cat rookie record with game-tying goal

Sara Hourihan

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Sara Hourihan (Lynnfield, Mass.) broke the school's rookie points record with a goal in the 73rd minute and it proved to be the game-tying goal as the University of New Hampshire played to a 2-2 draw in Sunday afternoon's America East women's soccer matchup against the University of Vermont at Centennial Field.

UNH is now 6-5-2 overall, including 2-0-2 in overtime, and 1-2-2 in America East while Vermont is 6-6-1, 2-1-1.

The Catamounts took a 1-0 lead at 22:49 when Amy Cochran headed in a Nikkie Hessney service on a corner kick.

UVM took that 1-0 lead into halftime, but the Wildcats tied the score at 54:25 on a goal by Michelle Sheehan (Belmont, Mass.), her third of the season. Marianne Rivard (West Kingston, R.I.) was credited with an assist on the play. Vermont regained the lead on a Susie Cirilli goal in the 68th minute.

Hourihan scored her 11th goal of the season at 72:59 to tie the game, 2-2, when she headed in a service by Debbie Newman (Union, Conn.).

UNH goalkeeper Julie Randall (East Longmeadow, Mass.) recorded five saves, none of which were in the 20 minutes of overtime. UVM goalie Laura Kissock stopped eight shots, including one in the second extra session.

With the goal, Hourihan's point total increased to 23, which supplants Chiara Best's mark of 21 as the best by a UNH rookie. Her 11 tallies ties the sixth-best single-season mark for a Wildcat and the 23 points is tied for 10th.

New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 13 (12 p.m.) at Stony Brook. The next Wildcat home game is during Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 16 vs. Boston University. Game time at Lewis Fields is 1 p.m.

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