How it Happened
New Hampshire's Stephanie Gilkenson fired a shot that ricocheted off the underside of the crossbar and into the goal, handing URI its first loss of the season on Friday night at the URI Soccer Complex. The Wildcats controlled play throughout most of the first half, outshooting Rhody, 8-2, and forcing freshman goalkeeper Ashley Harris to make four saves - as well as two more attempts that were cleared by the Rams' defense. URI maintained possession for most of the second half - and held New Hampshire to just one shot while taking eight of their own - but the Rams were unable to find the back of the net before time had expired.
Inside the Box Score
- The loss - Rhody's first of the season - drops the Rams to 3-1-1 while New Hampshire improves to 1-4.
- Rhode Island held a 10-9 advantage in total shots, but UNH put seven attempts on goal compared to just four by the Rams.
- There were only three corner kicks in the game - all by Rhode Island and all in the second half.
- New Hampshire committed 17 fouls to Rhode Island's 15.
- URI's Jennifer Barrientos (52:00) and UNH's Stephanie Gilkenson (81:23) were both issued yellow cards.
- Dariann Sellittl led the Rams with two shots (both on goal). UNH's Megan Ledwith paced the Wildcats with two attempts on goal as well.
- Rhode Island's Ashley Harris (1-1-0) turned away four shots while Erica Correa (1-4-0) also recorded four stops for New Hampshire.
- The loss is URI's first since falling to Fordham, 2-0, in last year's regular season finale.
- It also marks the first time this season that the Rams have failed to find the back of the net as they had scored at least once in each of the previous four games.
- Despite the loss, URI is still outscoring its opponents by a 5-3 margin this season.
- Rhode Island had entered the game ranked sixth in the Mid-Atlantic region in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll, released on Sept. 5.
Rhody returns to action on Sunday afternoon when it travels to Maine for a 1 p.m. match against the Black Bears.