Rams' Defense Holds #16 New Hampshire Scoreless in Double-Overtime Draw

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

Leifhelm (GK), Kristiansen, Middrup, Benco, Zarokostas, Cain, Jesman Sunde, Dickson, Brangman, Bailey, Daley
Substitutes: Williams, Gesmundo, Gaudreau

Starters: Pesci (GK), Griffith, Bauer, Miller, Arling, Fallberg, Piippo, Doherty, Rasid, Colacci, Brewster
Substitutes: Geirsson, Cheng, Schmidt, Valencia, Gould

Scoring Summary
No Scoring

How It Happened
Rhode Island and No. 16 New Hampshire battled through 90 minutes of scoreless soccer with Nils Leifhelm making two key saves in the final minutes of regulation to force overtime.

There, the best chance for either side came in the 96th minute when UNH's Andrew Pesci blocked Liam Daley's attempt inside the 6-yard box. The Wildcats recorded the lone shot in double overtime, a 109th-minute attempt which was stopped by Leifhelm.

Inside the Box Score

  • With the draw, the Rams move to 3-2-1 on the season while New Hampshire remains undefeated at 5-0-2.
  • Rhode Island became the first team to hold the 16th-ranked Wildcats scoreless this season. Entering the game, UNH had combined to outscore its previous six opponents 10 goals to one.
  • The Rams' defense limited New Hampshire to just six shots on the night, seven less than their season average of 13 per game.
  • Senior goalkeeper Nils Leifhelm stopped each of the four shots he faced to record his 19th career shutout.
  • The clean sheet is the third in a row for Leifhelm, marking the first time in his career that he records back-to-back-to-back shutouts. The Münster, Germany product has not allowed a goal in his last 290:00 played.
  • Rhode Island held an 11-6 advantage in shots and a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.
  • The Rams picked up 21 fouls while UNH was whistled for 16.
  • Six cautions were issued in the match, four of which went to URI.

Up Next
The Rams return to action on Tuesday night when they host Harvard at 7 p.m.