DURHAM, N.H. - Using a goal in each half, the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team defeated previously unbeaten No. 25 Dartmouth College 2-1 Wednesday night at Bremner Field. The Wildcats improved their overall record to 6-3-0, while the Big Green fell to 4-1-2 on the season.
Wednesdy night's match was the first time that UNH and Dartmouth had met in men's soccer since the 1999 season. It also marked the first home night game in UNH men's soccer history.
Tyler Jackson (Amherst, N.H.) netted the eventual game-winner for the Wildcats at the 54:26 mark. Chris Bennice (Scotia, N.Y.) got the play started when he tossed in a long throw from 15 yards out. Brendan Hankard (Glastonbury, Conn.) made a play on the ball, but it went off a Dartmouth defender and out to Jackson stadning at the top left corner of the box. He sent in a high-arcing shot that found the upper right corner of the goal for the tally.
UNH struck first in the contest, as it got on the board in the 22nd minute. Bennice played a ball in to Josh Hareld (North Kingstown, R.I.) who was standing in the middle of the box. Hareld fired a shot into the lower right corner of the net for the 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes later Dartmouth answered when Mark Limpert headed in a throw-in from Patrick White to knot the game at 1. The two sides entered halftime in the 1-1 tie.
Dartmouth had two prime opportunities to tie the game in the final 10 minutes. With just under seven minutes to play DC's Amar Takhar was in on a breakaway but UNH keeper Mike Vignola (Hudson, N.H.) made a sliding stop to preserve the lead. Takhar had another chance from point blank range with three minutes left but Vignola was able to come up with another save.
Vignola stopped six Big Green shots en route to his fourth win in goal on the season against one defeat. Dartmouth's Michael Conway turned away two UNH shots.
New Hampshire returns to action a week from Wednesday when they travel to Boston University for a 7 p.m. contest. The next Wildcat home game is October 12, when UNH entertains Hartford in a 2:00 game at Lewis Field.