Albers, Schlatter Lift Wildcats over Dartmouth in Double OT, 2-1
DARTMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore A.J. Albers (Eagan, Minn.) scored in the 106th minute of play to help the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team defeat intrastate rival Dartmouth College 2-1 Tuesday night at Dartmouth. Junior David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) also scored for the Wildcats in the match.
UNH improves to 10-5-0 on the year, reaching the 10 win plateau for the first time since 2006 when the 'Cats went 12-5-3. It is the fourth 10-win season in Rob Thompson's head coaching career. Dartmouth falls to 5-5-4 on the year with the loss.
Schlatter gave the Wildcats an early 1-0 lead in the 13th minute of play as he registered his second goal of the year. Cameron Bielski (Dover, Mass.) tallied his first career point on the play as he passed a through-ball to Schlatter. Schlatter then dribbled past the Dartmouth defense and blasted a low shot into the net.
Albers tried to increase the 'Cats' lead in the 15th minute with a blast on net, but Dartmouth goalkeeper James Hickok made the save. On the other end, UNH netminder Giovani Riello (Sao Paulo, Brazil) made back-to-back saves in the 31st minute on shots by Thomas Cools and Stefan Defregger.
Dartmouth eventually got on the board in the 44th minute on a goal by Patrick Murray. Colin Heffron played a cross into the box and Murray connected with a header attempt for the goal. At the end of the first half, the score was deadlocked, 0-0.
The Wildcats held the advantage on offense in the second half as Schlatter and Erik Martel (Bedford, N.H.) each made bids to gain the lead for the Wildcats. Both shot attempts were saved by Hickok. Dartmouth notched a pair of shots in the half, however both of them were off target. After 90 minutes of regulation play, the match was headed to overtime.
Riello made a save on the one shot he faced in the first overtime period to keep the Wildcats from falling. His save came with 1:36 left in the period on a shot by Defregger. Albers notched the only shot of the second overtime period, which would prove to be all the 'Cats needed. Schlatter played a ball into the box that connected with Albers. Albers blasted a shot past Kickok and into the back of the net for the game winner.
Riello made four saves on the five shots he faced to earn the win. His record improves to 3-2-0 on the year. Hickok made three saves on the five shots he faced, getting the decision.
The Wildcats will return home for their final two games of the season, the first of which is on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. for senior recognition day. There will be a pregame ceremony honoring the six graduating student-athletes.