DURHAM, N.H. - Sophomore Ben Dawson's (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England) goal with less than eight minutes remaining in overtime lifted No. 6 Penn State University to a 2-1 victory over the University of New Hampshire in second-round action of the Nike Fall Soccer Classic. With the victory, the Nittany Lions claimed the 2000 Nike Fall Soccer Classic championship. The win improved Penn State to 2-0-0, while UNH dropped to 1-1-0.
Penn State scored at 19:08 when freshman John Fisher (Cochabamba, Bolivia) deposited a ball into the off a deflection by UNH keeper Shaun O'Neil (Wrentham, Mass.). The Nittany Lions would take that 1-0 lead into halftime. The halftime advantage was short-lived, as freshman Matt Glode (Barrington, N.H.) scored on a pass from senior Drew Ferrigno (Springfield, Mass.) just 19 seconds into the second halt to make it 1-1.
PSU dominated play in the second half, owning a 15-2 shot advantage in the half, yet the Wildcats were able to hold them at bay. In the first 15-minute overtime period, PSU's best chance to score came when the Nittany Lions were awarded a penalty kick midway through the period. Junior Derek Potteiger's (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) shot to the right was turned away by a diving save by O'Neil. UNH also had two corner kicks at the end of the period, but could not convert.
In the second overtime, Dawson blasted a shot from 20 yards out in the 113th minute that found the right side of the net to give Penn State the 2-1 victory.
O'Neil a junior, turned away 10 shots for the Wildcats. Sophomore Ryan Sickman (Clarkston, Mich.) made three saves for Penn State.
In the early game this afternoon, Vermont improved to 1-1-0 with a 4-1 victory over Saint Bonaventure, which fell to 0-2-0. Ethan Hutchins (Barre, Vt.) and Jamie Farrell (Palm Coast, Fla.) each recorded a goal and an assist for the Catamounts, while Tim Parisi (Ivyland, Pa.) chipped in with two assists. Geron DuPorte (Scarborough, Ontario) netted the only goal for the Bonnies in the first half.
Chris Shaver (Moon Township, Pa.) made five saves for UVM, while Geoff Mauch (Prairie du Sac, Wisc.) made six saves for SBU.
UNH returns to action next weekend as it travels to Burlington, Vt. to compete in the Smith Barney Classic at the University of Vermont. The 'Cats take on Siena on Saturday, September 9 and Bucknell on September 10. Game time for both games is noon.