BURLINGTON, Vt. – Junior Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) of the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team scored her first goal of the season Sunday afternoon as the squad battled to a 1-1 draw at the University of Vermont.
The tie puts the Wildcats at 3-5-6 overall and 1-0-3 in America East play while Vermont is now 4-7-3 on the year and 1-2-2 in conference action.
Vermont's CC Greer tested Wildcat goalkeeper Mimi Borkan (Medfield, Mass.) early in the sixth minute of play, but the freshman saved the attempt. UNH countered with pressure as Colleen Murray (Bedford, N.H.) tallied a pair of corner kicks. In the 26th minute of play, Ledwith blasted a volley shot into the lower left corner of the net to give New Hampshire a 1-0 lead. She was assisted by Kirsten O'Neil (Hampton, N.H.) on the play. The Catamount defense tried the clear the ball, but could not. Ledwith took advantage of the situation and recorded the goal.
Greer attempted to get UVM on the board in the 29th minute, but Borkan stood tall and saved the shot. Murray tried the give the 'Cats a cushion, but her shot in the 32nd minute went just wide of the target. Through one half of play, the Wildcats held a 1-0 lead.
Alexandra LaPorta (Denver, Colo.) notched the first offensive attempt of the second half with a shot in the 49th minute of play. Her bid was just wide of the net. In the 56th minute, Vermont's Haley Marks was awarded a free kick. She ripped a low shot that found its way through traffic in the box and into the net, leveling the score, 1-1.
Borkan saved the next two attempts, one in the 73rd minute and the other in the 81st minute, that Vermont tried to score on. With just under 1:30 remaining in the half, Ledwith tried to give the Wildcats the lead as she carried the ball down the field and blasted a shot at the net. The shot was saved by Vermont goalkeeper Morgan Nichols. After two periods of play, the game was headed to overtime.
In the first stanza of overtime, Vermont recorded three shots, one of which was on net. Marks had the attempt on net in the 91st minute, but Borkan corralled the shot to make the save. Ledwith ripped another shot in the 100th minute of play, but the bid was just wide.
In the second overtime period, the Wildcats recorded a trio of shots. Anna Deweirdt (Seattle, Wash.) sent a blast at the Vermont net with just 47 seconds remaining, but the shot was saved by Nichols and sent out of play. At the end of the second overtime period, the score was finalized, 1-1.
Borkan earned the decision in net for New Hampshire after making five saves on six shots faced. Her record now stands at 2-2-5. Nichols made a pair of saves on three shot attempts in the match, earning the decision for Vermont. Her record stands at 2-2-2. New Hampshire held an 11-10 advantage on shots.
The Wildcats are back on the pitch Thursday, Oct. 17 as the team hosts UMass Lowell at 3 p.m.