DURHAM, N.H. - Trailing 3-1 at the break, the Providence College Friars scored twice in the second half to pull out a 3-3 tie with the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team Wednesday afternoon at Lewis Field. UNH is now 2-3-1 entering the America East part of its schedule while Providence moves to 0-5-1 on the season.
Kempes Corbally began the Friars' rally when he scored off a direct kick at 61:02 of the second half to make it 3-2. Providence's Russell Corner tied the score when he tipped a pass from Shawn Deehan past Wildcat goalkeeper Mike Vignola (Hudson, N.H.) from 10 yards out at 78:57.
Vignola thwarted a scoring bid by the Friars early in the first overtime when he made a diving stop on Providence's Jonathan Rhodes. Back Tyler Tibbs (Beaverton, Ore.) also saved a goal when he deflected a Friar shot on the goal line with two minutes remaining in the second overtime.
Providence got on the board first when Jeff Smith scored off a feed from Neville Thompson at 9:13 of the first half. UNH countered just under three minutes later on senior Andy Karam's (Schenectady, N.Y.) first goal of the season at 11:54. Sophomore Brendan Hankard (two assists) took advantage of a Friar miscue and sent a crossing pass to Karam, who grounded one past Providence goalkeeper Danny Glynn. The Wildcats took the lead at 21:46 when sophomore Josh Herald (North Kingstown, R.I) scored off a scramble in front of the Friars' net.
Logan Lee (Racine, Wis.) gave the Wildcats a two-goal cushion at 41:02 when he broke in alone on Glynn after a Hankard defensive clear sailed over everyone at the midfield line.
UNH outshot the Friars, 23-16. The Wildcats also had 14 corners while Providence finished with four.
Vignola, who replaced starting goalkeeper Shaun O'Neil to begin the second half, finished with seven saves for UNH while Glynn stopped four for the Friars.
UNH plays its first conference match at Maine Tuesday (10/2) before returning home to take on Stony Brook (10/5).