Men's Soccer Rallies Past Hartford, 2-1
HARTFORD, Conn. – Sophomore David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) notched the game winning goal in double overtime for the University of New Hampshire in a 2-1 victory over Hartford. The win improves the Wildcats to 5-4-3 overall and 1-1-1 in conference play while Hartford falls to 6-6-1 overall and 0-2-1 in America East play.
The Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute of the first half when Damion Lowe found the rebound of Javoni Simms and put it away, beating Wildcat keeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) to the right side. Offensive numbers were similar between the two squads in the first half with Hartford holding an edge in shots by a margin of 8-5. At the end of the first half, the Hawks held a 1-0 lead.
It was not until the 88th minute that senior Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.) tallied his first of two points on the night with the game-tying goal. Thomas was unassisted on the play when he snuck the ball to inside of the far post from 10 yards out of the goal. The goal was all the Wildcats needed to send the match into overtime. The Wildcats dominated the half on offense outshooting the Hawks 9-2.
In the 104th minute of play in the second overtime period, Schlatter tallied his third goal of the year in a timely fashion. Senior Ryan McNabb (Downingtown, Pa.) started the play to garner the second assist while Thomas dished the ball to McNabb to tally the first assist. At the end of the match, New Hampshire topped Hartford by a score of 2-1.
Worra got the win in net for UNH after making two saves on the three shots he faced in the match while Viltsu Tuumi made three saves on the five shots he saw in net. Overall, New Hampshire topped Hartford in shots by a total of 17-11. Schlatter and Ugo Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) each tallied thee shots with two of them being on net.
The Wildcats are back in action Sunday, Oct. 14 when they host Albany at Cowell Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.