Women's Soccer Plays UMBC to, 1-1, Draw in Double Overtime

BALTIMORE, Md. — Senior midfielder Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.) punched in her second goal of the season, as the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team battled the University of Maryland Baltimore County to a 1-1 double overtime tie Thursday evening at UMBC Soccer Stadium.

With the tie UNH moves to 4-11-2 overall and 2-4-1 in America East play, while UMBC adjusts to 0-13-3 and 0-5-2 in conference action.

The Retrievers drew first blood in the contest when Rachel McKee punched in her seventh goal of the season. Sarah Purdum set the play in motion when she pushed the ball ahead and sent it to McKee and she beat her defender, blasting a shot into the inside right post at 22:11.

UMBC went into the second half with a 1-0 advantage, but New Hampshire quickly erased the deficit, knotting up the score in the 62nd minute on a tally from Gilkenson. She scored the goal when she tracked down a ball following a free kick, sending it into the back of the net from 30 yards away over UMBC goalkeeper Lauren Kadet's hands to even the score at 1-1. Kelly Spencer (Exeter, N.H.) was credited with an assist on the play.

New Hampshire had a strong showing in both overtimes, outshooting UMBC by a combined margin of 7-1, putting a pair of shots on goal, but both attempts were halted by Kadet.

Chelsea Kuss
(Warners, N.Y.) tallied the first on goal attempt in extended play when she fired a shot in the 97th minute but Kadet was able to make the stop. The Wildcats had another chance to break the deadlocked tie late in the second overtime when Brooke Duchaney (Hampton Falls, N.H.) put a shot on net, but was denied by Kadet at 109:02.

The 'Cats finished the contest outshooting the Retrievers 19-15, as Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) and Duchaney led UNH with four shots apiece. New Hampshire also claimed the edge in corner kicks, 4-2.

Erica Correa
(Cheshire, Conn.) was solid in net for the Wildcats, compiling six saves. Kadet registered nine saves for the Retrievers.   

The Wildcats are back in action when they return home for Senior Day to take on Maine Sunday, Oct. 23 (2 p.m.) at Lewis Fields.


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