America East Offensive Player of the Year Atha Kirkopoulos scored in the 60th minute to break a 1-1 tie and lead top-seeded Northeastern to a 3-1 win over fourth-seeded New Hampshire in the America East Men's Soccer Championship semifinals at Parsons Field. Kirkopoulos took a cross from Michael Cipriano and beat Wildcat goalkeeper Mike Vignola with a low shot to the far post from 10 yards out. It was the eighth goal of the season for Kirkopoulos.
Senior Nate Houghton had two goals for the Huskies, 10-7-2. He added his second of the game and eighth of the season a little more than two minutes after Kirkopoulos had scored to give Northeastern a 3-1 lead.
Both teams wasted little time in scoring. Houghton scored off a scramble in front of Vignola in the third minute to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead. New Hampshire evened it in the fourth minute when freshman Eric Masi put home a Doug Lawver throw-in for his first career goal.
America East Rookie of the Year Sergio Saccoccio made seven saves for Northeastern. Vignola had three stops for the Wildcats, 10-5-2.
Northeastern will play the winner of tomorrow's other semifinal game between Hartford and Vermont in the America East Championship game next Sunday at 1 p.m. at Parsons Field.