DURHAM, N.H. - Sophomore Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) broke a scoreless tie 8:48 into the first overtime session to lift the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to Friday afternoon's 1-0 America East victory against Boston University at Lewis Fields.
UNH won its third consecutive game to improve to 6-3-0 overall and 2-0-0 in the conference. The Wildcats, off to their best start since the 1991 team went 6-2-1, had lost five straight to the Terriers dating back to a 2-1 victory in 1996. BU, which has lost four of five, is now 4-6-1 on the season and 1-1-0 in America East.
Best, the team's top scorer from 2001, made her season debut in 2002 - she missed the first eight games due to injury - a memorable one as she gained control of the ball in the box, avoided a BU defenseman and maneuvered around Terrier goalkeeper Jessica Clinton to fire a low shot into the open net from eight yards.
UNH senior goalkeeper Kristen Ouellette (Weatogue, Conn.) made 10 saves, including one in overtime, to record her second shutout of the season and ninth of her career. She entered the week as the America East leader in goals-against-average at 1.00 and lowered that mark to 0.82 with the shutout. Her second-ranked .857 save percentage improved to .889.
BU's Rebecca Beyer provided the best scoring opportunities for the visitors. In the 11th minute, she appeared to break behind the UNH defense, but Cyndi Poehner (Greenwich, Conn.) raced back and tackled the ball just as Beyer was about to strike.
In the 59th minute, Beyer's shot from inside the top-right corner of the box deflected off the hands of Ouellette and caromed off the right post. Ouellette scurried back to cover the loose ball and keep the game scoreless.
Best had UNH's best scoring opportunity in regulation. In the 79th minute, freshman Jackie Wishoski (Malden, Mass.) made a centering pass that eluded Clinton. Best won the footrace to the loose ball and fired a shot off the crossbar.
Clinton finished with five saves, all of which came in the second half.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 6 at Providence. The next Wildcat home match is Oct. 15 (3:30 p.m.) against Holy Cross.