HARTFORD, Conn. – Freshman Anna Deweirdt (Seattle, Wash.) lifted the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team over Hartford University in the 107th minute of play with her first career goal Sunday afternoon as the Wildcats edged the Hawks, 1-0.
The win improves the Wildcats to 3-5-4 overall and 1-0-2 in conference play while Hartford falls to 6-4-3 overall and to 1-2-0 in America East play.
Sophomore Kirsten O'Neil (Hampton, N.H.) took the first shot-on-goal of the game in the fourth minute of play, however the header attempt was saved by Hartford goalkeeper Jessica Jurg. The Wildcats kept the offensive pressure coming as Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) rifled a shot that was blocked by the Hartford defense and Kirsten O'Neil with a pair of shots that resulted just high of the net.
Senior Colleen Murray (Bedford, N.H.) blasted a shot on net in the 20th minute that was saved by Jurg. Hartford tried to get on the board first in the 42nd minute of play when Kristem McAdams received the ball from a corner kick but shot wide of the net. Through the first half of play, the score remained deadlocked, 0-0.
Kirsten O'Neil recorded back-to-back shots to start the second half, but the attempts ended just wide of the net. Hartford's Chanel Johnson ripped a shot in the 72nd minute of play, but Wildcat goalkeeper Mimi Borkan (Medfield, Mass.) made the save to preserve the tie. Just one minute later, Elise Galipo nearly got the Hawks on the board, but her attempt hit the crossbar. The rebound was shot by Stephanie Santos, but went above the target.
In the first extra frame, the Hawks took a pair of shots that went wide of the target. In the second extra frame, Deweirdt came into the game in the 104th minute and made the most of her time on the field as she ripped the game winning goal in the 107th minute of play to the right upper corner of the net. The goal was the first of her career. She was assisted by Kirsten O'Neil on the play.
Borkan earned her third shutout of her career in the game after saving the two shots she faced on goal by Hartford. Her record improves to 2-2-3. Jurg received the loss for Hartford after making three saves on four shots faced. Her record falls to 5-3-1. The Wildcats held a slight advantage in shots, 15-14.
New Hampshire will take a break from America East play as it hosts Dartmouth College Wednesday, Oct. 9 on Bremner Field for a night tilt. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.