Women's Soccer Falls in Double OT in Tough Loss to Stony Brook, 1-0
DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's soccer team fell to Stony Brook, 1-0, in a tough double overtime match Thursday afternoon. The loss puts the Wildcats at 5-10-2 on the season and 3-3-1 in America East action while the Seawolves up their record to 9-5-3 overall and 3-3-1 in conference play.
New Hampshire set a high-paced offensive tone in the opening minutes of the contest, starting with Hannah Blondin (East Hampton, Conn.) rifling of a shot that was saved by Stony Brook keeper Ashley Castanio. The 'Cats kept the offense coming as Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) and Allie Coppenrath (Green Harbor, Mass.), however both were saved by Castanio. At the end of the first half, the score was even at 0-0.
Monique LaMotte (Tampa, Fla.) came out firing in the second half when she notched a shot less than a minute into play. Elizabeth Curry (Bremerton, Wash.) had a solid attempt at the net when she connected with a corner kick by LaMotte with a header, sending the ball just wide of the net. The Seawolves kept testing Wildcat keeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) with shots in the half but they were all turned away by the junior goalie. At the end of regulation, the score remained tied and was headed into overtime.
In the 93rd minute of play, Tara Fraprie (Farmington, Conn.) almost won the game for New Hampshire as she fired off a sliding shot in the box that was ultimately denied by Castanio.
In the 105th minute in the second frame of overtime, Stony Brook's Raven Edwards received a pass from Sa'sha Kershaw and fired a shot the hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounced into the net, giving the Seawolves a 1-0 win.
Correa made a game-high eight saves in net for New Hampshire on the nine shots that she faced. Castanio turned away all six shots that she faced in the game. Coppenrath, LaMotte and Kirstyn Corder (Overland Park, Kansas) paced the Wildcat attack with three shots each.
The Wildcats will conclude the 2012 regular season on Sunday when they travel to Boston University for an afternoon tilt. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.