DURHAM, N.H. -University of New Hampshire sophomore forward Sara Hourihan (Lynnfield, Mass.) scored her second goal of the season in the 81st minute of play, but two late tallies by Rhode Island’s Debra Nelson propelled the Rams to a stunning 2-1 victory on Friday night played at Bremner Field.
The Wildcats (1-4-0) dropped their fourth straight contest with the loss, while the Rams (3-4) recorded their second straight win.
The Rams held the 17-9 advantage in shots, including 11 first half attempts, but both teams struggled to capitalize until the 81st minute of play when Hourihan received a feed from junior midfielder Katie Lutar (Guilford, Conn.) on a hard shot that found the back right corner of the net. The celebration would be short lived, however, as the Rams delivered the game tying goal in the 86th minute of play off a 15-yard header from Nelson in the right corner of the net. Nelson and the Rams captured the game winning goal in the 89th minute on a shot that deflected off the left of the post. Nelson recorded five shots on goal.
UNH senior goal keeper Lynn Gugliuzza (Kenmore, N.Y.) posted a game-high eight saves in the loss, while her counterpart Amanda Thomas (State College, Pa.) notched three stops.
The Wildcats attempt to halt a four game losing skid when they take to Lewis Field to face Marist on Sunday (Sept. 17) at 1:00 p.m.