DURHAM, N.H.. - Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.) scored with 2:05 remaining in the second overtime session to lift the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to Sunday afternoon's 2-1 America East conference victory against Stony Brook University at Lewis Fields.
UNH's victory coupled with Northeastern University's 1-0 loss to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County gives New Hampshire the No. 4 seed in the America East Championships. The Wildcats (7-8-4 overall, 5-2-2 conference) will play host to Northeastern on Nov. 4 at 1:30 p.m. in a first round game. Stony Brook, which needed a victory to keep its playoff hopes alive, ends the season 7-11-1, 3-6-0.
With the Seawolves pushing forward to get the win late in the second overtime session, Jackie Wishoski (Malden, Mass.) played a through-ball that sent Best alone behind the defense. After one touch, Best's shot from 25 yards caromed off the left post and into the net to end the game at 107:55.
Wishoski earned her 28th point of the season with the assist to break the school's single-season record of 27 held by Diane McLoughlin. The duo of Best and Wishoski, who have combined for 53 points, became the highest-scoring teammates in the program's 19-year history.
Stony Brook took a 1-0 lead at 30:06 when Katelyn Martin's shot from the top-left corner of the box sailed through traffic and inside the near post.
The goal ended a scoreless stretch of 315 minutes, 10 seconds between these teams. Last year's regular-season matchup ended in a scoreless tie, then the teams played to 110 minutes of scoreless soccer in the conference semifinals before SBU advanced in penalty kicks.
New Hampshire carried play in most of the second half and broke through with a goal to tie the game, 1-1, in the 78th minute. With UNH pressuring inside the penalty area, Debbie Newman (Ashford, Conn.) touched the ball back to Erin Margentino (Farmington, Conn.). On her first shot of the season, Margentino right-footed the ball from 27 yards into the upper-right corner of the net.
The Wildcats continued to generate the majority of dangerous scoring opportunities the remainder of regulation and in the first overtime session. SBU's most dangerous chance to regain the lead came with 7:30 to play in regulation, when Jacquline Anthony slipped behind the defense and, from 30 yards, fired a shot wide left.
UNH goalkeeper Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.) made three saves while SBU counterpart Cindy Bennett stopped six shots, including one in the first overtime session.