UNH women's soccer, Providence play to scoreless draw

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's soccer team dominated play in the final 45 minutes of regulation and both 10-minute overtime sessions, resulting in a 15-3 shot advantage, but the Wildcats played to a 0-0 draw against Providence College on Tuesday afternoon at Bremner Field.

UNH extended its unbeaten streak to three games (1-0-2) and is now 2-3-2 overall, while PC is 4-1-1 and unbeaten in five games. The Wildcats are also unbeaten (2-0-2) at Bremner Field since the facility opened last season.

Play was even in the first half as both teams recorded five shots and UNH recorded the only shot on goal. The 'Cats maintained ball possession through a majority of the second half and many of the strong scoring opportunities were produced by junior back Shannon Oltman (Edmonds, Wash.) and junior forward Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.).

Oltman's blast from 23 yards in the 59th minute glanced off the fingertips of PC goalie Megan Cooney, who was staring directly into the sun on the play, and the crossbar. In the closing minute of regulation, her left-footed boot from 35 yards on the right side sailed just high of the left corner of the frame. Moments later, Best fired a shot 20 yards from the left side just wide of the near post.

New Hampshire continued to create dangerous opportunities in the first overtime, the best of which came with just seconds elapsed when Best's shot from 15 yards caromed off the crossbar and her follow-up shot was drilled wide right.

Providence's best opportunity since halftime came with three minutes to play in the first extra session. On a direct kick, Maura Robertson's shot from 35 yards on the right side sailed high of the crossbar.

The Friars also generated the next best scoring chance. Early in the second overtime, Robertson's service on a left corner kick bounced through the goalkeeper box to the far side, where the ball was cleared away by Jacquelyn Kendall (Belchertown, Mass.).

New Hampshire closed with a flurry as Cooney's diving effort denied Lindsey Smagula (Bedford, N.H.) on a drive from 35 yards and kept the game scoreless.

UNH goalie Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.) finished with one save, while Cooney stopped six shots.

UNH returns to action with a Sept. 20 home match vs. Brown University. Starting time at Bremner Field is 7 p.m.

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