DURHAM, N.H. - Senior goalkeeper Ally Yost (Langhorne, Pa.) made six saves, but was not around to stop the final shot of the match as the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team was dealt a 1-0 double-overtime loss by Northeastern University on Friday night in its home opener at Bremner Field.
The Wildcats fall to 1-4-0 on the year, while the Huskies improve to 4-1-0. UNH is still 6-4-2 all-time against Northeastern, but lost for the first time in seven home games versus the Huskies (4-1-2).
Late in the 107th minute, Northeastern tallied the game winner when Liza Rebello's header found the back of the net, beating freshman goalkeeper Sarah Dobush (Pickering, Ontario), who made her collegiate debut when she replaced an injured Yost in the 97th minute. Kelly Matthews headed a corner service from Sandra Magnusdottir that rattled off the crossbar and straight down in front of the goal line before Rebello finished it off by heading the ball into the right side of the net.
With 8:53 to go in the first overtime session, Devin Petta put a shot on net from the left flank that Yost stopped at the near post. As Yost went to cover, however, she collided with a Northeastern forward running to the ball and went down to the turf. Yost remained in the game after the referee stopped the clock to give the goalkeeper time to recover. Just 5:31 later, however, head coach Michael Jackson erred on the side of caution and replaced the ailing Yost with Dobush.
Yost kept UNH in the game with a huge save in the 65th minute when she deflected a blast from the right of the box off the foot of Gabby Jatkola. The ball sailed behind Yost, ricocheted off the crossbar and back into the box where the goalkeeper covered up to spearhead the threat.
The Huskies had another chance in the 79th minute when Heidi Mogstad's corner service from the right of Yost rolled untouched across the box and out the other side where it was eventually cleared.
Freshman Chelsey Tewell (York Harbor, Maine), the America East Player of the Game, and the rest of the UNH defensive unit played spectacularly, neutralizing Northeastern's offensive attack consisting of Petta, who leads the team with four goals and two assists for 10 points as a freshman, and sophomore Veronica Napoli, who was an NSCAA All-America Third Team honoree a year ago after compiling 12 goals and five assists for 29 points.
The Wildcat offense had a few chances as well. In the 60th minute, senior Alex Hastings (Fort Collins, Colo.) received the ball at the far post off a corner from classmate Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.). Hastings headed the ball back to the left where a blast from sophomore Kelly Mooney (Canton, Mass.) sailed just wide to the right. Five minutes later, junior Marika Posehn (Duncan, British Columbia) beat Northeastern goalkeeper Stephanie Gordon to a loose ball on the right flank and chipped it over the diving goalie, who was able to get a piece of the ball and deflect it just wide right of the empty net.
Gordon made four saves to record her third shutout of the season, while Dobush made one stop in just over 10 minutes of action.
Northeastern held a 22-12 advantage in shots, as well as an 8-4 edge in corner kicks.
The Wildcats return to action Sunday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. when they play host to the University of Massachusetts at Cowell Stadium.