AMHERST, Mass. – Senior forward Sara Hourihan (Lynnfield, Mass.) tallied a goal and an assist to help the University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team steal a 2-2 tie Thursday afternoon against the University of Massachusetts at Rudd Field.
The tie puts the Wildcat record at 1-2-1 through the first four games of the season – all away from home – while the Minutewomen remain winless at 0-1-2.
With just remaining in regulation and UNH trailing, 2-1, Hourihan received a pass from junior forward Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) at the right side of the box and fired the ball into the bottom left of the net, past UMass goalkeeper Lauren Luckey, to knot the game at two. For Kaplan, who now leads the team in points with four, the assist was her second of the day.
UNH carried that momentum into the two overtime periods, outshooting UMass, 4-0, in the second overtime alone. The Minutewomen outshot the Wildcats, 25-15, overall, including 17-4 in the first half.
UMass struck first, just into the match, when a through-ball from Katie Ruggles set up a one-on-one opportunity for Vanessa Patry. Patry took advantage of the chance and found the right-hand corner of the net, beating UNH goalkeeper Nikki Golding (Milton, Mass.).
The Wildcats would answer just later, however, with the Hourihan-Kaplan duo getting things started. After Kaplan pushed the ball ahead, a Hourihan touch pass set up senior forward Julie O’Shaughnessy (Manchester, N.H.), whose low shot found the back of the net and tied the game at one.
Patry struck again in the 32nd minute, this time taking a feed from Meghan Collins and slipping the ball inside the left post to give the Minutewomen a 2-1 lead.
The game would stay that way until Hourihan’s heroics, largely due to the goalkeeping of Golding, who held UMass scoreless for the final 78:43. Golding, who eclipsed her career high by stopping eight shots in her last start against VillanovaUniversity, set a new career high with 10 saves against the Minutewomen. Luckey made six saves in net for UMass.
The Wildcats return to action Sunday, Sept. 7 at , when they open their home slate by hosting the University of Rhode Island at Lewis Fields.