DURHAM, N.H. – The University of Maine women’s soccer team went toe-to-toe with first-place New Hampshire on Thursday night at Bremner Field but out on the short end of a 2-1 overtime thriller. Mikayla Morin’s second career goal gave the Black Bears the lead early in the second half, but Megan Rumbold tied the game up with six seconds remaining in regulation and then Brooke Murphy scored in the 97th-minute.
Entering the game with a 6-0-0 mark at home and poised atop the America East standings, UNH (10-3-0, 4-0-0 AE) carried the play for the first five minutes but it didn’t take long for UMaine (4-7-1, 2-2-0 AE) to come alive and control the game by creating opportunities in the attacking third.
Emilie Andersen got UMaine’s first chance of the half when she received a through-ball, moved towards goal and sent in a shot from distance that went over the goal. Morin took a similar long-range shot minutes later, only to have it ding off the crossbar. Captain Kendra Ridley then alertly switched the field with a pinpoint pass to a teammate in the box and forced the Wildcats to head the ball out for a corner kick.
Meanwhile, the Black Bear defense did well to cut off passing lanes for the hosts and limited them to just two shot attempts in the half, with Amy Falkin stepping up on multiple occassions to shut down UNH opportunities.
With momentum on its side, UMaine continued to put the pressure on UNH and it would eventually pay off. Priscilla Domingo put a hard shot on frame just 90 seconds in to set the tone and then Morin’s score put them on top. Fifteen minutes later, it was Morin that blocked a shot inside the box to keep the Black Bears on top. The Black Bears did not let up and kept the weight on the Wildcats, but the hosts would eventually tie the game with just seconds on the clock to send it to overtime.
Annalena Kriebisch (4-7-1) was strong in goal for UMaine, finishing with five saves. In the second half, the sophomore braved traffic to punch away a cross and then had a beautiful save with just minutes to go when she raced out to face up a Wildcat and palmed away a point-blank shot. Mia Neas finished with four stops for UNH.
UNH held the final edge in shots (13-10), shots on goal (7-5) and corner kicks (6-4).
(Maine 49′) After Andersen found Morin through traffic, the junior cut towards the middle of the field and tucked a low, 18-yard shot inside the left post and past a diving Neas.
(UNH 89′) With the clock stopped at six seconds after the Wildcats were awarded a free kick 25-yards from goal, Rumbold stepped up and sent the ball into the top left corner of the net.
(UNH 97′) Murphy picked up a ball on the left side of the field and then, from the top of the box, placed the ball past Kriebisch and into the net for the game-winner.
Morin’s goal was just the third time this year that a team scored on UNH first.
It marks the first time since 2011 that the Wildcats have topped the Black Bears in a regular season contest.
The all-time series between the two schools now stands at 15-15-1.
It was UMaine’s fourth overtime contest of the year.
The Black Bears will continue their road trip, heading to Vermont on Oct. 8 and then preparing for a week before heading to UAlbany for an Oct. 15 match.