UNH scores twice in closing minutes, beat UML
Published: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Updated: Saturday, October 19, 2013 18:10
The UNH women’s soccer team beat the UMass Lowell River Hawks at home on Thursday afternoon 2-0, improving their record to 4-5-6, 1-0-3 in America East.
In the last twenty minutes of the second half, UNH scored two goals, junior forward Megan Ledwith in the 70th minute to break the scoreless tie and sophomore midfielder Kirsten O’Neil in the 79th minute for insurance.
Since their tie against Holy Cross on September 25, this is their second win in an unbeaten streak, tying the rest of their seven games.
“Yeah, it’s nice to break the curse and not tie for seven times in a row,” O’Neil said. “So we definitely will take this and try to get it on Sunday too.”
UML got a few penalties that led to good chances to tie the game up. However, at 78:59, freshman forward Anna Deweirdt kicked a perfect pass in the offensive zone to O’Neil, who scored to earn second point of the match and make the score 2-0. UML failed to score before the end of the match. UNH freshman goalkeeper Mimi Borkan saved all five shots on goal that she faced.
The River Hawks came into Durham winless Thursday. While the Albany team that UNH hosted on Oct. 3 looked far less experienced than the Wildcats, UML locked horns with UNH effectively. Until O’Neil scored the second Wildcats goal, the River Hawks fought hard to tie the game.
“Yeah, and I think that’s the problem,” UNH coach Sam Lopes said. “I think too often, too many times, people look at records or they look at the score, and I’m the first one to say that the record of a team or the final score is not an indication of how the game has played out, and I think UML has the same for them. They haven’t won a game, but it’s not a situation where it’s just lopsided and they’re not involved in games.”
The River Hawks had their best opportunities on counters, catching the Wildcats down in numbers on turnovers. One opportunity was a one on one battle in front of Borkan, who was able to cover up the ball before the UML player could take the shot.
UNH hosts University of Maine this Sunday at Bremner Field. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.