September 12, 2010

MEN'S SOCCER TAKES OUT PRESBYTERIAN, 2-1, IN DOUBLE OT

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Junior midfielder Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) scored a game-winning goal at 109:44 to propel the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Presbyterian College in double-overtime Sunday afternoon in the final day of action at the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Nike Fall Classic at Centennial Field.

The Wildcats preserve their four-game undefeated streak with the win, improving to 2-0-2, while the Blue Hose fall to 1-2-1 on the young season.

For his impressive performance on the day and throughout the weekend, Hilton was named to the All-Tournament team, along with sophomores Josh Bronner (Belchertown, Mass.) and Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.).

Hilton's unassisted strike, which is his first of the season, came from the top of the penalty box as he drilled the ball into the back of the net with just 16 seconds remaining in the final overtime period to give New Hampshire the victory.

The 'Cats drew first blood in the contest when a Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) shot was deflected by Presbyterian goalkeeper William Redmond and quickly rebounded by Thomas who flicked the ball into the net, giving UNH the early 1-0 advantage in 41st minute of the action.

The Blue Hose got their revenge early in the second frame, as Matthew Palma forwarded a ball from midfield ahead to Steven Glover who fired a shot off the post and into the net, evening the score at 1-1 at 51:33.

The Wildcats owned a 24 to 12 advantage in shots, tallying the most shots among the two squads in three out of the four frames of play. Hilton led the 'Cats with five shots, while Marcus Barr (Wallingford, Pa.), Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.), Robert Palumbo and Thomas tallied three apiece.

UNH also held a 13 to two advantage in corner kicks, including a six to one margin in the second stanza.

New Hampshire returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 22 when the 'Cats return home to take on Bryant University at 7 p.m. at Bremner Field.

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