WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - The third-seeded Stony Brook University women's soccer team outscored No. 2 University of New Hampshire 3-0 in overtime penalty kicks to defeat the Wildcats in an America East Championships semifinal matchup at the University of Hartford's Al-Marzook Field.
UNH ends the regular season at 10-6-2 - the match enters the record books as a scoreless tie. Stony Brook (6-10-4) advances to play the winner of the late semifinal game between Hartford and Northeastern on Sunday.
SBU's Beth Arikian, Victoria Feliciano and Melanie Archuleta scored on the first three overtime penalty kicks while Seawolves' goalie Cindy Bennett (four saves) denied the Wildcats on their first two attempts and the match ended when the third UNH shooter hit the crossbar on her shot.
UNH's Kristen Ouellette (Weatogue, Conn.), the America East goalkeeper of the Year, was credited with nine saves to record her fifth shutout of the season. She lowered her UNH single-season record goals-against-average to 0.78.
With the scoreless tie through regulation and 20 minutes of overtime, there has been a scoreless stretch of 285 minutes, 4 seconds between the Wildcats and Seawolves. UNH and Stony Brook played to a scoreless tie in 110 minute of action in the Oct. 20 game at SBU. The last goal between these teams was scored by UNH's Courtney Papaz (Ringwood, N.J.) in the 55th minute of a 1-1 tie of the 2001 season.
SBU recorded a 4-3 shot advantage in the first half and an 11-7 edge through regulation. The Wildcats' best opportunities to score were produced by Jackie Wishoski (Malden, Mass.) in the second half. UNH recorded a 5-3 shot advantage in the overtime sessions.
The loss marks the end of a UNH career for five seniors - Ouellette, Papaz, Angeline Alexakos (Bedford, N.H.), Stacey Horn (Kingston, Pa.) and Cyndi Poehner (Greenwich, Conn.). Poehner received America East All-Conference Second Team honors this year and Alexakos was an Honorable Mention selection.