Best sparks Wildcats with two goals
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Late goals by Adriana Gonzalez-Medina (Bainbridge, Wash.) and Ashlee Cieslak (Greendale, Wisc.) broke a 2-2 tie and propelled the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to Friday afternoon's 4-2 victory at Providence College.
UNH improved to 3-4-2 with the victory while Providence fell to 3-6-0.
PC's Maura Robertson tied the score, 2-2, at 70:36 but Gonzalez-Medina netted her first collegiate goal off a pass from Jacquelyn Kendall (Belchertown, Mass.) to give UNH its third lead of the game, 3-2, at 72:10.
Cieslak, with the assistance of Rhyan Radack (Madbury, N.H.), extended the Wildcats' advantage to 4-2 at 81:36. It was the first career point for Radack.
UNH starting goalkeeper Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.) played the first half and was not credited with a save in allowing one goal. Sophomore goalie Lynn Gugliuzza (Kenmore, N.Y.) entered the match at the start of the second half and earned her first collegiate victory with a two-save effort. PC counterpart Laura Elfers stopped seven shots.
Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.), who recorded eight of UNH's 15 shots including four of the 11 on goal, scored 11 seconds into the game to quickly give the 'Cats a 1-0 lead. Shannon Oltman (Edmonds, Wash.) set up the tally with a service. The Friars tied the score, 1-1, on a Veronica Bakke goal in the 27th minute.
The score remained tied at halftime but New Hampshire went back in front, 2-1, when Best, with the assistance of Julie Wernig (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) struck again at 61:26.
UNH returns to action Sept. 26 at home vs. Rhode Island. Game time for Nike Youth Day at Lewis Fields is 1 p.m.