DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore Gabrielle Sloan (Stow, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team scored her first goal of the season in the 44th minute to help the Wildcats battle to a 1-1 draw against Northeastern Thursday night at Bremner Field.
The draw puts the Wildcats at 1-3-1 on the season while Northeastern stands at 0-3-2 thus far.
The Wildcats threatened in the first half holding the edge of shots early five to one. However, Northeastern was able to hinder the Wildcats attack. New Hampshire had their first scoring opportunity midway through the first half as Kennedy Nickerson (Niantic, Conn.) served a ball into the Huskies' defense. Sloan was able to connect on a header but was rejected by the post, keeping the match scoreless.
Northeastern quickly broke out the following play as Hanna Terry bolted up the field. However, goalkeeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) and the 'Cats defense was able to contain the attack.
Nearing the end of the first half, the Wildcats were able to open up the scoring. In the 44th minute, Kirsten O'Neil (Hampton, N.H.) dished a pass to Sloan, as she was able to slip her shot under goalkeeper.
The Huskies were able to get the equalizer early in the second half, taking advantage of the first scoring opportunity. Morgan Hilby found an open Krista Meaglia in stride, striking a shot in the upper left corner to level the score.
Northeastern kept the pressure on as Terry served a cross into the Wildcats' penalty box. The ball found a diving Hilby for a header. Despite the great effort, her bid sailed wide to the right. The Huskies followed up with a long distance strike from Terry, finding the crossbar and deflecting out.
New Hampshire tried to end of pull ahead near the end of the second half, pressuring the Huskies' defense. Northeastern managed to quell the attack with a save from Burnett and force overtime.
With two extra periods, the score was eventually finalized at 1-1.
Correa made eight saves on the nine shots she faced in net, setting her record at 1-2-1 on the year. Burnett made 11 saves on 12 shots faced. Her record now stands at 0-3-2. Shot totals were even at 19 apiece.
New Hampshire will remain at home as the Wildcats welcome Massachusetts to Bremner Field Sunday, September 8 at 1 p.m.