DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team fell to Philadelphia University 6-3 in the 10th Annual Nike UNH Soccer Classic Sunday. With the win, Philadelphia was crowned tournament champion with UNH finishing second.
Junior Adam Purcell (Barrington, R.I.) put the Wildcats on the board five minutes into the game off an assist from Zach Zeldner (Glastonbury, Conn.) to put UNH on top 1-0.
The Wildcats held the lead for most of the first half until Philadelphia junior Ryan Burke scored off an assist from sophomore Everett Palache to tie the game 1-1. The Rams struck again two minutes later when junior John Westfield found the back of the net off an assist by senior Nolan Napier to put Philadelphia on top 2-1. Purcell evened the score at 2-2 one minute later with a header into the net off an assist from freshman Doug Lawver (East Doylestown, Pa.).
Philadelphia's Palache closed out the scoring in the first half with the game winning goal to put the Rams on top 3-2. Junior Rob Miller recorded the assist.
In the second half, Philadelphia scored three unanswered goals by Palache, senior Sean Lannon and Napier to go ahead 6-2.
Wildcat senior Krister Swenson (Lebanon, N.H.) capped off the scoring with a goal late in the game off an assist from Zeldner to finish the game 6-3.
With the loss, UNH drops to 2-1-0 and Philadelphia improves to 1-0-1.
In other tournament action, Quinnipiac College defeated the University of Vermont 1-0. Senior Richard Vicente scored the game winning goal 14 minutes into the game on an assist by senior Chris Mureithi to put the Braves up 1-0.
Quinnipiac sophomore goaltender Jim Ryan stopped 10 shots in net to shut out Vermont, several of which were in impressive fashion. Catamount senior netminder Chris Shaver made six saves in net.
Quinnipiac improves to 1-2-0 and Vermont falls to 0-1-1.
UNH travels to Vermont September 11 and 12 for the UVM Smith Barney Classic. The Wildcats take on Central Connecticut Saturday and New Mexico Sunday. Both games begin at noon.