LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Senior Morgan Keefe (South Burlington, Vt.) notched three points, including a goal with one minute to play in regulation to force overtime, but the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker in double overtime to Siena College on Sunday afternoon at Siena Field.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 1-2 on the young season, while the Saints improve to 1-1.
After surrendering the go-ahead goal with under six minutes to play in the second half, the Wildcats gained the equalizer at 89:00 when Keefe's header found the inside of the near post off a cross from sophomore Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.) to knot the game at two.
The two teams played a scoreless overtime session, but just 1:06 into the second overtime Siena knocked home the game winner. After UNH goalkeeper Ally Yost (Langhorne, Pa.) made an initial stop, the rebound went to Susan Schneck, who put the ball past Yost and into the back of the net to seal the win.
After a scoreless first half, the Wildcats jumped on the board first in the 57th minute when a low cross from Keefe, the America East Player of the Game, was knocked in by Allie Coppenrath (Green Harbor, Mass.) at the top of the six yard box to put UNH on top 1-0. The goal was Coppenrath's first of her collegiate career.
The Saints struck back in the 65th minute after a cross to the far post from Ashleigh Barone was headed in by Caitlin Cahalan to tie the game at one. In the 85th minute, it was Barone again, this time taking a touch pass from Schneck and putting the ball past Yost into the left side of the net to give Siena what looked like a 2-1 win until Keefe's dramatics just under five minutes later. Barone finished with a goal and two assists, while Schneck tallied a goal and an assist.
Yost made four saves in the game, while Siena keeper Laura Ettinger was forced to make nine stops.
Siena held a slim 22-19 edge in shots, while corner kicks were even at three apiece.
The Wildcats return to action Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. when they take on Harvard at Ohiri Field.