BURLINGTON, Vt. - Sophomore Josh Hareld's (N. Kingstown, R.I.) goal in the 114th minute lifted the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team to a 3-2 victory over Holy Cross in the opening round of the Smith Barney Classic hosted by the University of Vermont at Centennial Field.
The win was the first of the season for the Wildcats as they improve to 1-2-0 on the season, while Holy Cross evened its' record at 1-1-0.
On the game-winner, Hareld took a Crusader defender one-on-one outside the box, moved around him, and then beat HC keeper Kevin Baker with a low shot to the left side of the net at 113:50. The goal was Hareld's second career game-winner.
The 'Cats got on the board just 3:49 into the match when junior Josh McGeachey (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) put back his own rebound from five yards out. Holy Cross tied the game at 25:27 on a Paul Kitson goal, but UNH would respond 10:52 later when freshman Logan Lee (Racine, Wis.) netted his first career goal. Hareld and freshman Tyler Jackson (Amherst, N.H.) assisted on the tally.
In the second half, the Crusaders' Chris Napolitano forced overtime on a penalty kick at 66:14 after Holy Cross' Matt Ney was pulled down in the box by a UNH defender.
Senior co-captain Shaun O'Neil (Wrentham, Mass.) made seven saves in the victory, while Baker stopped seven Wildcat shots.
The win was New Hampshire's fourth-straight in the Smith Barney Soccer Classic.
UNH returns to action tomorrow (9/9) when it faces Georgetown in the second round of the Smith Barney Classic. The Hoyas battled tournament host Vermont to a 0-0 tie this afternoon. Game time is noon. The next Wildcat home game is September 19 when UNH faces UMass in a 3:30 p.m. contest.