Kopp’s Corner Kick Golden Goal Sends UAlbany Women’s Soccer to 2-1 Overtime Victory vs. UNH
ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany women’s soccer team, down at the half, completed a comeback with a Caroline Kopp corner kick goal in overtime for a 2-1 victory vs. New Hampshire on Thursday night.
With the win, UAlbany (6-7-1, 3-1-1 AE) is now unbeaten in its last four games, including three victories in that stretch. UAlbany defeats New Hampshire (6-5-1, 3-1-1), which had been in first place in the America East coming into tonight.
“I am glad we stepped up in the second half, we needed that momentum,” said UAlbany coach Caitlin Cucchiella. “Our team came out at halftime with some energy, and we were able to take it to them.”
Mariah Williams equalized in the 68th minute with a goal from Caitlyn Paltsios, which led to overtime. In the 94th minute, Kopp’s corner kick went off the UNH keeper’s hand and into the net for the golden goal.
“The only thing that was going through my head was to keep the ball on the field,” said Kopp. “I knew if it was in the box, someone would finish it.”
Chloe Borasky earned the victory in goal for UAlbany with six saves in 93:49 of play.
For UNH, Sydney Griffin scored the team’s goal unassisted in the 26th minute. Mimi Borkan got the loss with eight saves in the cage.
UNH got an offensive push starting in the 19th minute as Griffin’s high shot got blocked, leading to a corner, which was sent away. Griffin got another chance seconds later, with Borasky making the save.
UAlbany attacked the cage in the 22nd minute as Meghan Malone headed a ball wide off a corner. UAlbany kept close, firing two shots to the cage, with Borkan stopping both.
In minute 26, Griffin got the ball outside the box, turning around to get past a defender. She looped a shot towards the cage and scored over Borasky’s head to make it 1-0 UNH.
Neither side got many chances in the final 19 minutes of the half as UAlbany trailed UNH 1-0 at the break.
UNH got the first chances of the second half, sending long range shots towards the post, with Borasky saving two of them.
UAlbany started to push down the sides, leading to crosses into the middle. Williams and Paltsios each got shots inside the box, missing just high.
UNH tried to clear out a pass towards the middle in the 68th minute. Paltsios kicked the UNH pass back to a running Williams. Williams dribbled forwards and fired a shot inside the left post for the goal, tying the game at 1-1.
UAlbany continued to pressure the UNH defense as Williams tried twice more at the cage as Borkan stopped both. Vivian Vega also had a look near the post as Borkan made the save.
UNH nearly got the lead back in the closing minutes of the half as Brooke Murphy ground a corner outside the box to Megan Rumbold. Rumbold fired the ball towards the cage as Borasky made the catch next to two players. The two sides went into overtime.
New Hampshire nearly ended the game in minute 92 as the team stole possession in the midfield for a breakaway. Veronica Hardy fired from 30 yards out, slamming the left post and staying out of the net.
Kopp got the corner kick chance in the 94th minute. Her arced kick came to the box as Borkan tried to punch it away. The ball went off Borkan’s hand and under the crossbar for the golden goal, sending UAlbany to the 2-1 victory.
UAlbany will host Vermont on Sunday, October 16th at 4 p.m. at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.