O’Neil Scores as Women’s Soccer Falls at Stony Brook, 3-1

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Sophomore Kirsten O'Neil (Hampton, N.H.) scored her fourth goal of the season as the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team fell at Stony Brook University, 3-1, Thursday night.

 Wildcat goalkeeper Mimi Borkan (Medfield, Mass.) made her first of seven saves on the night in the 15th minute of play when Shannon Grogan put a header attempt on target. UNH responded with a flurry of offense, started by sophomore Kellie McGoldrick (Ambler, Pa.) who put a header shot just wide of the net in the 24th minute. Kirsten O'Neil connected with a corner kick by Colleen Murray (Bedford, N.H.) moments later, but her shot went high of the goal.

In the 32nd minute, Kristi Zarrilli (Gorham, Maine) blasted a shot at the SBU net, but Ashley Castanio made the save. Kirsten O'Neil had the same result with a shot of her own in the 36th minute of play. Borkan made three additional saves in the half to keep the Seawolves off the board. At the end of the first stanza, the score was tied, 0-0.

Kirsten O'Neil broke the tie as she got the 'Cats on the board in the 56th minute of play, making the score 1-0. Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) notched her second assist of the season on the play as she dished the ball to O'Neil. The sophomore received the ball on the right side of the box and placed a shot across the net to the bottom left for the goal.

The Seawolves were quick to respond as Leah Yurko tied the score at 1-1 in the 58th minute. Christina Fluman got the assist on the play as she played the ball to Yurko who lofted a shot over the fingertips of Borkan. Stony Brook took its first lead of the night in the 79th minute when Larissa Nysch scored her 10th goal of the year. Nysch connected on a corner kick by Stella Norman with her head and put it in the back of the net.

Yurko gave SBU a 3-1 advantage in the 83rd minute of play with a shot to the far post. Nysch played a through-ball to Yurko, who in turn found the back of the net for the goal. At the end of the match, the Seawolves held on for a 3-1 win.

Bokan made seven saves on the 10 shots she faced as she received the decision for New Hampshire. Her record fell to 3-4-5 on the year. Castanio made six saves on seven shots faced from the Wildcats to get the win for Stony Brook. Her record improves to 10-5-1.

New Hampshire will conclude the regular season on Sunday, Oct. 27 as the team travels to UMBC. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park.

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