BURLINGTON, Vt. - Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) and Jackie Wishoski (Malden, Mass.) both recorded a goal and an assist to lead the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to Thursday afternoon's 2-2 America East draw against the University of Vermont at Centennial Field.
UNH is now 6-8-4 overall and 4-2-2 in America East league play. The combination of the Wildcats' tie and UMBC's loss guaranteed a berth for New Hampshire in the America East Championships (because the lowest the 'Cats can finish in the standings is in a two-way tie for fifth place).
UVM, which has been eliminated from postseason contention, is now 5-8-4 overall and 1-5-2 in league play.
Best gave UNH a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute on a breakaway goal from close range. The Wildcats maintained that one-goal advantage until the 73rd minute, when Kara McDonough scored on a header from a corner kick service.
Wishoski put the visitors back in front, 2-1, at 77:51 with a 1-v-1 move on the goalkeeper after breaking behind the Catamount defense. UVM tied the game just 45 seconds later, however, on a goal by Amy Cochran.
UNH goalkeeper Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.) recorded five saves, including one in each 10-minute overtime session. UVM's Katie Duffy was credited with five saves, none of which came in the extra sessions.
New Hampshire concludes the regular season Nov. 2 vs. Stony Brook. Game time at Lewis Fields is 1 p.m.