Rams Drop Season Opener to UNH, 4-3, in Overtime

Photo Credit: Emma O'Brien
Photo Credit: Emma O'Brien

RHODE ISLAND
Starters: Brennan (GK), Waldron, Haggerty, Bike, Bentick, Osmanski, Mayo, Schafer, Sengphilom, Goncalves, Brodeur
Substitutes: D'Anna, Pignatelli 

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Starters: Neas (GK), Borea, Murdick, Keenan, Peterson, Wysocki, Rumbold, Reynolds, Williams, Dorsey, Picicci
Substitutes: Lane, Pesante, Lopez, Kikosicki

Scoring Summary
34:20 - UNH - Borea (Peterson)
39:35 - UNH - Kikosicki (Pesante, Peterson)
69:36 - URI - Mayo (D'Anna)
70:37 - URI - Mayo (D'Anna)
78:00  - URI - Osmanski (Bike)
83:59 - UNH - Peterson (Kikosicki)
99:08 - UNH - Reynolds (unassisted)

How it Happened
Rhode Island (0-1-0) dropped its season opener in a heartbreaking, 4-3 overtime loss to New Hampshire, Thursday night at the URI Soccer Complex.

The Wildcats (1-0-0) opened the scoring in the 35th minute when Sofia Borea knocked in a goal off a corner kick by Casey Peterson. The Wildcats added to their lead in the 40th minute when Megan Kikosicki scored off of a cross from Belle Pesante. New Hampshire took their 2-0 lead into halftime after outshooting Rhode Island, 9-4. 

The Rams made it a game in the second half as Kelly Mayo knocked in two goals within a minute of each other. Both goals were scored off of right-side crosses from Rebecca D'Anna, who recorded the first assists of her career on the tallies by Mayo. 

Rhode Island took its first lead of the game in the 78th minute when Tory Bike dished a ball in to Brooke Osmanski, who fired in a close, high shot into the top right corner of the net to give Rhode Island a 3-2 edge. 

The Wildcats responded to Rhode Island's rally with a goal by Megan Kikosicki in the 84th minute off of a pass from Casey Peterson, tying up the score 3-3. Regulation ended with the Rams and the Wildcats locked in at 3-3. 

A cornerkick dropped in by Megan Rumbold in the 93rd minute threatened to end the game, but Haley Brennan made the save off of a high header by Kaylan Williams. 

Ally Reynolds later sealed Rhode Island's fate when she knocked in a high shot from the top of the box, ending the game with the Wildcats up 4-3. 

Inside the Box Score

  • Freshmen Grace Haggerty, Tory Bike and Amanda Schafer all earned the start in their respective collegiate debuts.
  • Freshman Rebecca D'Anna also made her first career appearance in the season opener. She came on as a reserve in the first half before starting the second half, where she collected her first two assists.
  • Sophomore Kaitlyn Sengphilom recorded all but one of Rhode Island's four shots in the first half of the game.
  • Sophomore Haley Pignatelli made her first career appearance as a Ram. She recorded one shot on goal in the first half. 
  • Junior Kelly Mayo turned in the first multi-goal game of her career after finding the back of the net just once last season. 
  • Senior goalkeeper Haley Brennan matched her career-high with eight saves, three in the first half, three in the second half and two in overtime. 

Up Next 
Rhode Island hits the road for the first time when it travels to Bryant next Thursday, Aug. 20. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.