October 14, 2010

WOMEN'S SOCCER RALLIES PAST, THEN FENDS OFF STONY BROOK, 2-1

CHELSEA KUSS
MONIQUE LAMOTTE

DURHAM, N.H.Chelsea Kuss (Warners, N.Y.) and Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla.) scored first-half goals to erase a one-goal deficit and Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) recorded seven saves to lead the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to Thursday afternoon's 2-1 America East victory against Stony Brook University at Lewis Fields.

UNH, with its second consecutive league victory, improves to 7-6-3 overall and 3-2-0 in America East. Stony Brook, which had won its previous two games by shutout, is now 4-9-2, 3-2-1.

Both teams generated numerous scoring opportunities early in the game and both scored a goal in the opening 18 minutes of action. UNH pressured in the opening minutes when Kuss served the ball to Carole LeBlanc (Grand-Digue, New Brunswick) at the top of the box. Her shot deflected off the hands of diving SBU goalkeeper Chelsea Morales (five saves) and then caromed off the left post.

In the fourth minute, Dominque Adamo battled past a Wildcat defender and from 20 yards directed a shot wide left of the cage. Five minutes later, UNH generated a corner kick. From the right wing, Amy Avitable (Pembroke, Mass.) served the ball across the box. Ashley Avitable (Pembroke, Mass.), positioned 12 yards out, directed a header through traffic wide left.

The Seawolves took a 1-0 lead at 11:44 on a goal by Taryn Schoenbeck. Adamo initiated the sequence with a serve from the right corner to the top of the box, where Caitlin Pfeiffer directed the ball forward. After one touch, Schoenbeck's volley from 12 yards found the back of the net.

The 'Cats had another scoring bid in the 15th minute on another corner kick. Amy Avitable once again served the ball from the right side and Ashley, who began her run from 20 yards, drove a high header from 15 yards that Morales snared out of the air with a leaping effort.

New Hampshire leveled the score, 1-1, at 17:44 on Kuss' third goal of the season. From the center of the field, Ashley Avitable played the ball behind the defense into space on the right wing. Kuss tracked down the ball and, after a couple of touches, pushed the ball right to avoid Morales – who charged far from the goal line – and sent a shot into the open net.

The visitors responded with an immediate scoring opportunity in which Schoenbeck's shot from the top-left corner of the box sailed past Correa but LeBlanc was in position at the right post to clear the ball off the goal line.

UNH took a 2-1 lead at 37:42 when Lamotte gained possession at midfield, cut diagonally towards the right wing and rocketed a shot from 40 yards over Morales, who was caught too far off the goal line, and under the crossbar for her first goal of the year.

In the 44th minute, UNH's Alyssa Michel (Bellingham, Wash.) sent a ball from the right corner across the box. The ball bounded past Brooke Duchaney (Hampton Falls, N.H.) in the middle and continued towards the far post, where Drea Nogueira (New Bedford, Mass.) redirected a shot wide left of the goal.

SBU quickly countered and less than one minute later Schoenbeck's right-footed shot from the top-right corner of the box ricocheted off the upper-right corner of the goal frame.

In the 63rd minute, the Seawolves once again pressured. Pfeiffer carried the ball on the left wing and advanced the ball to Schoenbeck in the upper-left corner of the box. Her initial shot was blocked, but Adamo corralled the rebound and, from just outside the top-right of the penalty area, struck a high, hard shot that Correa snared to preserve the 2-1 lead.

Three minutes later, SBU generated a chance in which Colleen McKenna's lofted volley from 12 yards on the right side deflected off the crossbar.

With 17 minutes remaining, Sa'sha Kershaw's service from midfield found McKenna at the top of the box and, after one touch, she blasted a shot high of the crossbar.

The Seawolves generated another corner kick with 4:30 on the clock, but Adamo's service from the right corner was punched out by Correa. The teams battled for possession a couple of times in the air and SBU was whistled for a foul.

With just under one minute to play, Larissa Nysch won a battle for possession in the middle of the box and sent a shot towards the left post that was redirected wide by Correa's diving effort.

UNH then sent an arcing long-ball to midfield, where Kelly Mooney (Canton, Mass.) settled the ball and attacked towards the right corner. From 30 yards, she lost her footing on a shot attempt and the ball sailed well wide of the goal.

SBU was unable to generate an attack in the closing seconds, however.

Stony Brook recorded an 18-14 shot advantage overall, whereas UNH held a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.

New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 17 at home against Vermont. Game time at Lewis Fields is 2 p.m.

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