DURHAM, N.H. – Junior midfielder Josh Bronner (Belchertown, Mass.) tallied a late second half goal as the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team battled back to post a 1-1 draw against the University of Vermont in double-overtime Saturday evening at Bremner Field.
The Wildcats move to 6-7-2 overall and 1-2-2 in the America East, while the Catamounts now stand at 7-6-1 on the season and 2-2-1 in conference play.
Bronner's timely goal, his second tally of the season, came in the 84th minute of play. Senior Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) travelled down the right flank and sent a cross into the box, where a sprinting Bronner one-timed a header to the back left corner of the net, past the dive of Vermont keeper David Lamada.
After a scoreless opening half, the Catamounts were the first to jump on the board with a goal in the 66th minute, as D.J. Edler controlled a pass from Joe Losier in front of the net and buried a shot in the back left side for the 1-0 advantage.
After neither team could get anything going offensively in the first overtime period, the Wildcats had a pair of strong chances in the second overtime frame. Just 1:30 into the stanza, Hilton's corner kick deflected out to the top of the box, where sophomore Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.) launched a shot from 25 yards out but right into the arms of a jumping Lamada.
From there, the Wildcats enjoyed another chance with 5:03 remaining as Turner sent a curving cross into the box, but sophomore Steven Palumbo's (Kingston, N.H.) one-timer was snagged by Ramada to preserve the even score and eventual tie.
Vermont held a 21-11 advantage in shots and also won the battle for corner kicks by an 11-10 margin. Junior Alex Hussein (Haverhill, Mass.), freshman Clint Caso (Kinnelon, N.J.) and Bronner each posted two shots apiece. Freshman Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) recorded nine saves in between the pipes for the Wildcats.
The 'Cats return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 26 when they visit Boston U. at 7 p.m.