DURHAM, N.H. – Junior midfielder Jordyn Krall (Duxbury, Mass.) and sophomore Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla.) each recorded three points, and senior Carole LeBlanc (Grand-Digue, New Brunswick) netted her third game-winner of the season, as the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team earned a 3-2 overtime victory against the University of Vermont in America East action Sunday afternoon at Lewis Fields.
The Wildcats win for the fourth time in five matches, including their third straight, to improve to
8-6-3 on the season and 4-2-0 in America East play. The Catamounts fall to 2-14-0 overall and 1-6-0 in conference play. UNH, which is now 6-2-1 over its last nine, runs it all-time record against Vermont to 16-8-4. The Wildcats have won six straight and seven of their last eight against UVM.
Knotted at two with 3:53 to play in the first overtime, the Wildcats received a lift from LeBlanc, who continues to score goals in dramatic fashion for her team. Lamotte started the play on the left side of the field, making a great read when she flipped the ball over a UVM defender and right to LeBlanc on the left side of the box. LeBlanc took a couple of touches and ripped a high shot that found its way into the right corner of the net. It is LeBlanc's fourth goal in six games and her third game-winner in the last five contests.
UNH outshot the Catamounts, 24-8, and controlled play for the majority of the match.
The Wildcats jumped on top with a goal just 3:40 into the game. Lamotte started things off, taking a long pass from Krall on the right side before ripping a low shot that beat Vermont goalkeeper Alyssa Kelly into the left corner of the net to make it 1-0 just 2:15 in.
UNH added to its lead in the 14th minute when Krall cleaned up a rebound opportunity to make it 2-0. LeBlanc made the initial pass on the left flank to sophomore Chelsea Kuss (Warners, N.Y.), who dribbled along the endline to the near post and chipped a shot on net that was saved by Kelly. The rebound, however, wound up on the foot of Krall, who buried the ball into the middle of the net. Kuss' assist, her team-leading sixth of the season, now gives her a point in seven of the last 10 games, including five of the last six.
New Hampshire looked to be in total control until Vermont drew a foul in the box that resulted in a penalty kick for Emily Milbank in the 34th minute. Milbank fired a shot just inside the right post that sailed past a diving Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) and into the back of the net to cut the deficit in half.
Momentum seemed to turn from there as the Catamounts tied the game later in the 58th minute. Alison Hemphill played the ball into the right side of the box to Jess Herbst, whose low shot rolled past the diving Correa and into the left side of the net to tie the game at two.
The Wildcats slowly started to gain more momentum on their side and generated a handful of chances in the final 17 minutes of regulation. The best of those chances came in the 74th minute when junior Taylor Finley (Bedford, N.H.) played a long ball from the left side of the field into the middle box, where Krall volleyed the ball on net, but was turned away by Kelly.
Five minutes later, junior Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.) played a long ball from just inside midfield to Kuss at the top of the box. Kuss blasted a shot that sailed just over the crossbar.
Then in the 84th minute, senior Amy Avitabile (Pembroke, Mass.) sent a ball on net from the far flank to the near post. Kelly dropped the ball, but recovered before Krall, who was stationed near the post, could take advantage.
Kelly made 10 saves for the Catamounts.
The Wildcats return to action Thursday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. when they take on Binghamton University at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The 'Cats wrap up their regular season Sunday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. when they play host to the University of Hartford on Senior Day at Lewis Fields.