Hourihan's first career goal lifts Wildcats
DURHAM, N.H. -- Sara Hourihan (Lynnfield, Mass.) scored a golden goal midway through the second overtime session to lift the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to Friday night's 1-0 non-conference victory against Brown University at Bremner Field.
UNH won its second consecutive game to improve to 2-1-0 overall while this was the season opener for Brown.
Following 90 minutes of scoreless play in regulation, the first 10-minute overtime session also ended with the score tied at 0-0. The Wildcats began to carry play in the first extra session and continued to do so in the second overtime frame.
In the 102nd minute, a 28-yard direct kick by Julie Wernig (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) was blasted into the defensive wall in front and moments later a 20-yard shot through traffic off the foot of Amanda Wiggins (Wolfeboro, N.H.) bounced to Brown goalkeeper Hilary Wilson.
Ashlee Cieslak (Greendale, Wisc.) started UNH's next attack down the right wing and made a centering pass to the top of the box, where Hourihan trapped the ball and fired a low shot into the middle of the net at 105:01. It was the first collegiate goal for the rookie and Cieslak, whose shot in the 25th minute caromed off the crossbar, increased her team-high point total to five with the assist.
UNH goalkeeper Julie Randall (East Longmeadow, Mass.) recorded her second consecutive shutout and extended her shutout streak to 199 minutes, 12 seconds with a six-save effort.
Wilson was credited with six saves, including one in both overtime sessions.
There was a lot of choppy play in regulation, during which the teams combined for 38 fouls. Brown had better ball possession in that 90 minutes but only recorded an 11-10 shot advantage. The Bears were then outshot 6-0 in overtime. In addition, UNH generated a 10-2 edge in corners that included 5-0 in OT.
One of Brown's most dangerous scoring opportunities occurred in the 27th minute, when Whitney Clark's direct kick from 25 yards on the left wing bent back to the left post, but Randall made a diving save.
New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 9 & 11 at the ECAC Classic in Cape Cod, Mass. The Wildcats will play Fordham on the 9th (1:30 pm) and Lafayette on the 11th (12 pm). UNH's next home match is Sept. 16 vs. Providence. Game time at Lewis Fields is 4 p.m.