Schneider Goal, 12 Brennan Saves Leads UAlbany to 1-1 Tie with UNH
DURHAM, N.H. – Alexa Schneider’s unassisted goal in the 34th minute to give UAlbany the opening lead ultimately pushed the Great Danes to draw with New Hampshire 1-1 on Thursday at Cowell Stadium.
“As a whole, we were very happy with the fight and perseverance that the team showed in our first overtime game,” says coach Caitlin Colfer. “We got a huge point on the road, and are looking to get a trio of them this Sunday against UMBC.”
In the opening minutes, Kennedy Nickerson got a free kick from well outside the box. She kicked towards the goal, but Alana Brennan jumped a grabbed the ball for the save.
UNH played aggressively in the early part of the first half with a couple of offsides penalties.
UAlbany earned its first chance in the 18th minute, getting a corner after a shot was blocked away, but the kick was headed away by UNH. Later in minute #23, Caitlyn Paltsios earned another corner after a push, but once again no shot was made.
Schneider got the ball in the 34th minute near three defenders. She turned around, kicked and netted the ball inside the right post, giving UAlbany a 1-0 lead.
Quickly the other way in the next minute, Kirsten O’Neil received a cross from Meghan Ledwith in the center of the box, netting the close score. UAlbany and UNH were tied at 1-1.
In the following minutes, UAlbany earned a pair of corners, but did not get shots. Both teams UNH looked to counters with shots, but Brennan made saves on the far attempts. The two sides stayed tied going into halftime.
Into the second half, Ledwith got loose inside the box with the ball. Brennan charged her and dove to the ground to block the shot for the save.
With a lot of space in the midfield, Paltsios pushed down the field and earned a shot outside the box, but Mimi Borkan jumped and saved the high attempt.
UNH got a free kick in the 56th minute as Nickerson tried a direct kick. Brennan pushed away the attempt, and on the ensuing corner, Helena Olafsdottir kicked the ball away before a shot attempt.
Brennan kept earning saves as UNH fired away long shots, but the keeper stopped attempts in the 61st and 62nd minutes. UAlbany looked to counter on a Stephanie Nelle free kick. Anna Hogan got a head on the ball, but pushed it high.
Minute 73 saw UAlbany earned a 3-vs-3, with Hogan kicking the ball off a defender for a corner kick, but a foul on the corner attempt prevented a possible shot.
After UAlbany defended against a trio of shots, Nelle got a free kick and crushed the ball near the penalty box. Hogan and Schneider tried to get shots off by turning around with the ball, but UNH kicked it away.
A last minute push by both teams was not successful. The two sides went to overtime tied at 1-1.
Three minutes into the first overtime, Anna Deweirdt looked to shoot from long range. Brennan caught the ball near the post for the save.
Kari Quinn looked to push in the next minute, looking for Olafsdottir on the cross, but the kick went too far for a goal kick.
UNH got a couple more shots off in the waning minutes of the first overtime period, but each went wide. Paltsios got a corner in the final minute of the period, but the kick was headed away as the first overtime expired with no break in the stalemate.
Allison Carhart took a shot outside the box about halfway into the final period, but Borkan made the stop to hold the score.
Brennan saved three UNH shots and punched away a cross attempt near the edge of the goal box to prevent another shot.
UAlbany made a final push in the final minutes, with Carhart getting another off in the final minute on a breakaway, but the shot went just wide to the left. Time expired as the game ended in a draw 1-1.
In goal, Brennan finished with a season-best 12 saves in goal, saving at least one shot in all four periods.
“It was great being back in net,” says Brennan, The defense in front of me was awesome, and we did well on both ends.”
With her goal, Schneider has three goals on the year to lead all UAlbany players.
“I feel good, and I am happy I am making an impact on the team when I step on the field,” says Schneider.
Carhart and Hogan each had two shots in the game, while Schneider had the team’s only points. O’Neil earned the team’s only goal of the season for UNH.
UAlbany will head south for a Sunday game at 1 p.m. in Baltimore against the Retrievers of UMBC.