DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's soccer squad fell to Harvard Tuesday night by a margin of 2-1. The loss drops the Wildcats to 3-8-2 on the year while the Crimson improve to 5-3-2.
Junior midfielder Tara Fraprie (Farmington, Conn.) got things started for the Wildcats in the 28th minute when she blasted a one-timer to the top right corner of the net to give UNH a 1-0 lead. Monique LaMotte (Tampa, Fla.) started the play when she carried the ball down the right side of the field and found sophomore Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.). Ledwith then flicked the ball onto Fraprie who struck the ball perfectly, finding the top right corner of the net. Harvard leveled the score minutes later when Peyton Johnson scored on a penalty kick. Johnson sent the shot to the lower left corner of the net, just out of the reach of a diving Erin Jackson (Wakefield, Mass.). Allie Coppenrath (Green Harbor, Mass.) almost regained the lead for UNH in the 40th minute when she sent a shot at the Harvard net that just missed the target. At the end of the half, the score was deadlocked at 1-1.
Harvard notched its first lead of the game in the 52nd minute on a set play from 30 yards out. Johnson sent a free kick into the box and found Emily Mosbacher, who connected with her head and sent the ball to the right side of the net. New Hampshire remained persistent on offense in search of the game-tying goal. In the 63rd minute LaMotte came blazing down the field with her sights set on the goal. The senior ripped a shot from 25 yards out that rose just high of the net. Freshman Gabrielle Sloan (Stow, Mass.) helped keep the pressure on with a shot in the 77th minute that was snagged by Crimson keeper Cheta Emba. Despite the offensive pace set by New Hampshire, the game was finalized at the 90 minute mark with a score of 2-1.
Jackson had a stellar performance in net for the 'Cats, making seven saves on nine shots that she faced. Emba made eight saves on nine shots for the Crimson for her first win of the year. New Hampshire outshot Harvard by a total of 18-13 while shots on goal were even at 9-9. LaMotte was a force to be reckoned with on offense, launching a game-high six shots while Kirstyn Corder (Overland Park, Kansas), Drea Nogueira (New Bedford, Mass.) and Fraprie each tallied a pair of shots. Elizabeth Weisman led the Crimson on offense with four shots while Johnson's three shots were all on target.
The Wildcats hop back into conference action Sunday, Oct. 7 when they take on Vermont at home on Lewis Fields. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.