DENVER, Colo. - The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team jumped out to a 2-0 lead but couldn't hold on as host University of Denver posted a 3-2 double overtime win over the Wildcats in second round action of the Josh Byrden Classic. The Wildcats now stand at 4-2-0 on the season while the Pioneers, who own a win over nationally-ranked Wisconsin-Milwaukee this season, improve to 3-3-1.
New Hampshire, which saw its 11 game overtime unbeaten streak snapped with the loss, got on the board with just seconds remaining in the first half. Brett Wyman (Durham, N.H.) took advantage of a Pioneer turnover in the box to score his second goal of the weekend at the 44:53 mark to give the 'Cats a 1-0 lead at halftime. Wyman's tally was unassisted.
The Wildcats would push the lead to 2-0 in the 49th minute. Freshman Ross Fishbain (Racine, Wis.) collected a rebound of a UNH shot and fired it past Denver keeper Lami Harmon (3 saves) for his first collegiate goal. Fishbain's goal was also unassisted.
Denver would storm back and cut the lead to 2-1 on a Travis Hendricks goal at 68:17 and then tie the game at the 75-minute mark when Kyle Christensen put home a loose ball. After a scoreless first overtime, Ben Mendozza would net the game-winner for the hosts at the 106:35 mark when he converted a corner kick by Thomas Flynn.
Junior Mike Vignola (Hudson, N.H.) played in goal for New Hampshire and turned away two shots. Vignola had posted two shutouts to start the season and saw his scoreless string stopped at 276:47.
UNH opens America East play Wednesday (Sept. 17) when it travels to Maine for a 3:00 pm game in Orono. The next Wildcat home game is September 27, when UNH hosts Massachusetts in a 4:00 game. That game is scheduled to be played at Bremner Field, UNH's new AstroPlay field.