Women's Soccer Falls at Maine, Clinches AE Playoff Berth
ORONO, Maine -- The University of New Hampshire women's soccer team fell t the University of Maine Sunday afternoon, however clinched a spot in the America East playoffs for postseason play. The loss drops the Wildcats to 5-9-2 overall and 3-2-1 in America East play while the Black Bears improve to 7-6-2 overall and 3-3-1 in conference play. Kirstyn Corder (Overland Park, Kansas) notched New Hampshire's goal in the game.
New Hampshire took a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute of play when Corder scored her team leading fifth goal of the season. The play came about when Monique LaMotte (Tampa, Fla.) sent a corner kick into the box. Midfielder Kristi Zarrilli (Gorham, Maine) received the corner kick and passed it to Corder who then found the back of the net. Netminder Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) fended off the Maine attack, including a header off a corner by Black Bear Charlene Achille. At the end of the half, New Hampshire held a 1-0 lead.
New Hampshire remained persistent on offense with shots from Zarrilli and Corder, however Black Bear keeper Megan P-Leibenzender blocked the attempts. Maine leveled the score at 1-1 in the 68th minute of play when Lisa Bijman found the back of the net with a long range strike from 40 yards. She was unassisted on the play. In the 73rd minute, Maine took its first lead of the day when Maddie Hill notched a header goal on a free kick from Bijman. At the end of the match, Maine defeated New Hampshire by a score of 2-1.
Correa made saves on six of the eight shot she faced in net for New Hampshire while Leibenzender stopped four of five shots she faced. Corder paced the Wildcat attack with a pair of shots, both of which were on target. Zarrilli, Gabrielle Sloan (Stow, Mass.) and Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) each fired a shot on goal.
New Hampshire hits the pitch again Thursday, Oct. 18 when it takes on Stony Brook on Lewis Fields for Senior Day. A pre-game ceremony to honor the five seniors will take place prior to kickoff at 3 p.m.