BURLINGTON, Vt. - The University of New Hampshire women's soccer team battled against Tulsa University for 120 minutes in Saturday's season-opener for both teams, and the teams left Centennial Field with a 2-2 tie in the opening game of the Vermont Soccer Classic.
Tulsa (0-0-1) netted a 1-0 lead when Melissa McCormick scored in the 14th minute. UNH (0-0-1) rallied to take a 2-1 advantage on goals provided by the freshman class. Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.), with the help of senior Angeline Alexakos (Bedford, N.H.), beat Golden Hurricane goalkeeper Abby Fahrig at 20:14 to tie the game, then Katie Sullivan (Worcester, Mass.) converted a Farrell Swain (West Simsbury, Conn.) centering pass into a 2-1 Wildcat advantage in the 43rd minute.
McCormick netted her second goal of the game at 55:26 and neither goalie was bested the rest of the way.
UNH goalie Kristen Ouellette (Weatogue, Conn.) finished with five saves. Fahrig played the first half and was replaced by Pam Devore at the outset of the second half. She was injured just nine minutes into the half, however, and Fahrig reentered at that point and played the remainder of the game. Fahrig was credited with eight saves and Devore stopped one shot.
New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 2 for second-day action of the Vermont Soccer Classic against Sacred Heart. Game time is noon. The Wildcats play their home opener Sept. 7 (4 p.m.) vs. Colorado College.