DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team captured its first Nike Fall Soccer Classic championship since 1997 on Sunday by defeating Adelphi University 3-1 at Cowell Stadium. The Wildcats moved to 2-0-0 on the season, their best start since 1999, while the Panthers fall to 0-2-0.
Junior Matt Glode (Barrington, N.H.) netted the eventual game-winner at the 51-minute mark. Collecting a ball that classmate Josh Hareld (N. Kingstown, R.I.) headed out of a crowd, Glode made a move then fired a shot that beat Adelphi keeper Igor Yatsenko (2 saves).
New Hampshire would add an insurance goal in the 67th minute. Nicola Chicco (Claymont, Del.) pushed a header past Yatsenko to make it 3-1. Hareld notched his second assist of the contest by heading the ball to Chicco, while senior co-captain Doug Lawver (Doylestown, Pa.) also assisted on the tally.
UNH and Adelphi battled to a 1-1 tie in the first half. The Panthers would get on the board first, as Padraig Drew got around a UNH defender and served a ball from the left of the box. Tal Sheinfeld put Drew's feed home for the 1-0 lead 8:47 in. UNH would respond just past the 35 minute mark when Logan Lee (Racine, Wis.) netted his second goal of the tourney as he put home a rebound.
Junior back Brendan Hankard (Glastonbury, Conn.) of UNH was named the tournament's most valuable player, while Glode, Lee, and sophomore keeper Mike Vignola (Hudson, N.H.) (3 saves) made the all-tournament team from New Hampshire. Adelphi's Gary Sullivan and Anders Salomonsson were also named to the squad.
With the win, UNH has now won five-straight games at home dating back to last season and the Wildcats also own an eight-game home unbeaten streak. Both streaks are the longest since 1994-1995, when UNH had an eight-game home winning streak and 10-game home unbeaten streak.
The Wildcats return to action Friday, when they take on Southwest Missouri State in the first round of the UVM Smith Barney Classic in Burlington, Vt. at 1:30 p.m. UNH is the defending champion of that tourney.