PORTLAND, Ore.- The University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team battled to a scoreless draw after 120 minutes of play with No. 18 University of Washington Huskies in opening game of the season at the Nike Portland Invitational on Friday evening.

Junior midfielder Scott Rowling (Richboro, Pa.) had multiple scoring opportunities for the Wildcats, who are now 0-0-1 on the season, including one key shot from the top of the box at the beginning of the second overtime period. Rowling finished the game with a team-leading four shots, including three on goal.

With just under five minutes remaining in overtime the Wildcats had a chance to set up a play on a Mike McKee’s (Newtown, Pa.) corner kick, which was followed by a shot from Derek Bragg (Downingtown, Pa.), but goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins made the save for the Huskies. In double-overtime, New Hampshire had another corner kick opportunity with 6:32 remaining, but could not connect on net. Kyle Urso (Lombard, Ill.), who took the corner kick, had three shots in the game.

Senior goalkeeper Mike Jenne (Vernon, N.Y.) played all 120 minutes, earning a shutout in his collegiate debut. Jenne recorded four saves for the Wildcats, including a stop off of a header from inside the box with under ten minutes to play in regulation.

New Hampshire returns to action at the Nike Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 2, when they face host-school Portland. Game time at Merlo Field is 2:30 p.m. The home-opener is Friday, Sept. 14, in which the Wildcats will host Central Connecticut State University as part of the Nike Fall Classic. Kickoff on Lewis Field is 5 p.m.
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