AMHERST, Mass. – Sophomore forward Drea Nogueira (New Bedford, Mass.) scored in the 81st minute, but the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team suffered a 2-1, double-overtime defeat at the hands of the University of Massachusetts on Friday afternoon at Rudd Field.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 2-2-2, while the Minutewomen improve to 2-2-0.
With the match knotted in a scoreless tie with 8:38 remaining in regulation, Nogueira netted her team-leading third goal of the year when she received a low cross in front from junior midfielder Alli Rozelle (Stratham, N.H.), who had one-timed a long pass from senior midfielder Marika Posehn (Duncan, British Columbia), and beat UMass goalkeeper Emily Cota to give her squad the 1-0 lead.
UNH looked to have the game won and freshman goalkeeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) seemed to have her first career shutout in hand, but with just 2:36 to play, Meghan Collins scored off a scramble in front of the net to tie the score and send the match to overtime.
Then with 3:49 to play in the second extra session, the Minutewomen stole the victory when Kayla Austin's cross to the far post was finished by Ashley Hamel to give UMass the come-from-behind 2-1 win.
Correa made a career-high 10 saves in the loss, while Cota stopped four shots.
UMass outshot the Wildcats, 21-10, and held a 5-1 edge in corner kicks, but was whistled for 26 fouls to UNH's 15.
The Wildcats return to action Sunday, Sept. 12 at 1 p.m. when they play host to Siena College at Lewis Fields.