BURLINGTON, Vt. — After falling behind early, the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team scored a goal in the 73rd minute of play to make it a one-goal game, but the comeback fell short, as the Wildcats fell to the University of Vermont, 3-2, Thursday afternoon at Centennial Field.
The Wildcats drew first blood in the contest when Drea Nogueira (New Bedford, Mass.) scored with 53 seconds remaining in the opening frame. Vermont failed to clear a ball on their end and Nogueira was able to track it down and punch it into the top of the net just underneath the crossbar at 44:07.
New Hampshire took the 1-0 advantage into the second half, but Vermont struck back when Haley Marks knotted the score with her second goal of the year in the 57th minute of play. Marks scored the unassisted tally, firing a shot from just outside the box that got past Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) and found the back of the net.
The Catamounts didn't wait long to claim the lead, as Marks scored her second goal of the match just 3:03 later. She tallied the goal in the 60th minute of play, sinking a shot that rattled off the crossbar and into the net.
About two minutes later Vermont added to its advantage when Midori Eckenstein notched her third goal of the season to put the home team ahead, 3-1. Jess Herbst ignited the chance when she put a shot on goal that was saved by Correa and Eckenstein tracked down the ball inside the box and put it in the net at the doorstep at 61:34.
In an effort to make a late comeback the Wildcats were able to find the back of the net with 17:53 remaining in regulation. Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.) set up the score, sending a forward pass to Brooke Duchaney (Hampton, N.H.) and she drove up the left flank and slipped the ball inside the far post at 72:07.
Vermont claimed the lead in both shots (25-13) and corner kicks (8-0) in the contest. Nogueria led UNH with four shots, putting three attempts on goal.
Correa compiled a game-high eight saves in net for the Wildcats, while Sarah Leiby finished with seven stops for the Catamounts.
The Wildcats are back in action when they take on Binghamton University Sunday, Oct. 16 (2 p.m.) at Lewis Fields.