BURLINGTON, Vt.- Kyle Urso (Lombard, Ill.) and Scott Rowling (Richboro, Pa.) combined for two goals to lift the University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team past Massachusetts, 2-0, at the 2007 Smith Barney Classic on Sunday afternoon. Senior back Mike Davis (Tigard, Ore.), who tallied a goal and an assist in the weekend, was named the Classic’s Defensive MVP. In addition, Davis, Rowling and Dan Cripe (Raymond, N.H.) were all selected to the All-Classic team.
In the game, the Wildcats took an early lead with a goal from Urso at 8:44. Cripe served it far ahead to Urso 10-yards out, who volleyed the ball in net to put UNH ahead 1-0.
The scored remained the same until the 67th minute, when Rowling beat Massachusetts goalkeeper Zack Simmons from 15-yards out. McKee and Davis showed nice passing on the play, earning the assists, before delivering the ball up to Rowling.
The Wildcats out shot the Minutemen 14-8 and had a 6-3 advantaged in corner kicks. Rowling and Urso combined for 9 of the Wildcats 14 shots.
New Hampshire goalkeeper Colin O’Donnell (Springfield, Mass.) made four saves and earned the win in his first collegiate start as a Wildcat. Minuteman goalkeeper Simmons tallied two saves in the loss.
Michigan State finished the weekend as the Classic‘s champion, defeating the Wildcats on Friday then Vermont in overtime on Sunday.
The Wildcats return to action at the home-opener on Friday, Sept. 14. New Hampshire will play-host Central Connecticut as part of the 18th annual Nike Fall Classic. Kickoff on Lewis Field is 5 p.m. Prior to the Wildcats game, Vermont and Sacred Heart will face off at 2 p.m. in the first game of the Classic. New Hampshire will then face Sacred Heart on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m.