DURHAM, N.H. – Junior midfielder Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) tallied a game-winning goal just over one minute into overtime, propelling the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team to Wednesday night's 2-1 overtime victory over Bryant University at Bremner Field.
The win extends UNH's undefeated streak to five games, improving to 3-0-2 on the season. As for the Bulldogs, they drop their second game in a row, falling to 2-4-0 on the young season.
For UNH, the win marks the program's best start since the 2008 campaign when the 'Cats opened the season with a 5-0-2 record. The hot start also preserves New Hampshire's undefeated streak in overtime, posting a 2-0-4 mark in its last six games in extended play.
Hilton scored the game-winner off a feed from Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.), as he took a pass in stride at the right flank firing a laser from nearly 30 yards out sneaking the ball into the left side of the net at 91:04, giving New Hampshire the win.
For Hilton, the goal comes as his second in as many games, as he also scored the game-winning goal in double overtime against Presbyterian College on Sept. 12. The captain has now tallied a point in each of his last three games, totaling six on the year.
The Wildcats struck first in the contest, as Hilton once again provided the spark for the blue and white, serving a ball deep into the Bryant zone to Jon Harris (Amherst, N.H.) who was darting up field on the right flank, drawing Victor Tutino out of net, but Harris was able to get a foot on the ball and fired it past Tutino into the left side of the net in the 43rd minute.
With a 1-0 UNH lead at the half,
the Bulldogs didn't wait long to deliver the equalizer, as Erik
Lekstrom shot the ball from the middle of the box into the back of
the net off his own rebound at 53:17 to even the score at 1-1.
UNH outshot Bryant 21 to eight for the contest, holding a 12 to one advantage in the first frame. Hilton led the 'Cats with a game-high six shots, while Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) finished with four shots of his own.
The Wildcats totaled seven corner kicks on the night, while the Bulldogs finished with two.
New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Sept. 25 when the 'Cats hit the road to face off against Massachusetts at 1 p.m. on Rudd Field.