DURHAM, N.H. - Five players hailing from New Hampshire will be suiting up for the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team this season, the most since the 1997 season. Sophomore Jon Martin of Bedford returns to the squad for his second season, while freshmen Justin Blanchette of Canterbury, Matt Glode of Barrington, Jamey Haughton of Hampton and Brett Wyman of Durham will be putting on the UNH blue and white for sixth-year head coach Rob Thompson.
Martin, a sophomore goalkeeper, redshirted the season last year. The Bedford native was a schoolboy standout at Manchester High School West, where he was a first-team All-State selection. Martin also served as captain of the Blue Knights. He also helped the New Hampshire Wildcats club team to the 1998 state championship.
Blanchette, a freshman forward, is a graduate of Belmont High School where he was a member of the 1997 and 1998 Class M state championship teams. He earned All-State honors in 1997 and 1998. Blanchette was also a member of the Seacoast United Soccer Club and a six-year member of the New Hampshire Olympic Development Program.
Glode will be looking for minutes in the midfield this season. A native of Barrington, Glode is an alumnus of Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, where he was a two-year member of the varsity soccer team. As a senior, Glode was selected to the Western New England Private School Association Senior All-Star game. He also played club soccer for Seacoast United.
A freshman midfielder, Haughton recently graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover. He received All-State honors as a junior and senior while playing for the Saints. Haughton is another former member of the Seacoast United Soccer Club.
Wyman was a three-year member of the soccer team at Oyster River High School. During his time on the squad, the Bobcats captured two Class I state championships. Wyman earned All-Conference honors in 1998 and 1999, and was also an All-State pick last year. He was also a member of the two-time state champion Seacoast United Under-18 squad.
The Wildcats kick off the 2000 campaign this weekend as they play host to the 11th Annual Nike Fall Soccer Classic. UNH will battle St. Bonaventure University on Saturday, September 2 and nationally-ranked Penn State University Sunday, September 3. Both games start at 3 p.m.