BURLINGTON, Vt. - Freshman Logan Lee (Racine Wis.) netted the game-winning goal with 7:43 left in the second overtime to give the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team a 3-2 win over Georgetown and the championship of the Smith Barney Soccer Classic hosted by Vermont on Sunday.
"We played like a totally different team," said UNH head coach Rob Thompson. "The guys came out with more urgency this weekend. Everybody played well. It's nice to win the tournament, especially when it is a total team effort like it was in both games." The tourney title was UNH's second and first since 1997 and also snapped a string of three-straight tourney titles by Vermont.
On the game-winner, sophomore Brett Wyman (Durham, N.H.) fed classmate Nicola Chicco (Claymont, Del.) from midfield. Chicco, standing at the top of the box, lobbed a volley over a Hoya defender to Lee, who one-timed a 10-yarder past GU keeper Brian O'Hagen.
Georgetown (1-2-1) got on the board at the 44-minute mark when Truls Engebresten scored on a feed from Kevin Sindelar. As time ran down at the end of the half, a scramble in front of the Hoya net saw senior Tyler Tibbs (Beaverton, Ore.) pull the ball out to Chicco who knotted the game at one with a shot from five yards out.
Sophomore Josh Hareld (N. Kingstown, R.I.) took advantage of a Hoya misplay in the 53rd minute to give the 'Cats a 2-1 lead, but that lead would be short-lived as GU's Trevor Goodrich tied it back up just over six minutes later.
New Hampshire's Shaun O'Neil (Wrentham, Mass.) stopped 12 Hoya shots, while O'Hagen made six saves for Georgetown.
Hareld was named the offensive MVP of the tournament after totaling two goals and an assist on the weekend, including the game-winner in Saturday's 3-2 win over Holy Cross. Also named to the All-Tournament team were Lee, senior Ken Hayner (Charlton, N.Y.) and sophomore Matt Chambers (Conifer, Col.)
New Hampshire travels to Chapel Hill, N.C. next weekend to participate in the Nike Carolina Classic. The'Cats square off with tournament host No. 4 North Carolina on Friday (9/14) in a 7:30 p.m. match. The next Wildcat home game is September 19 when UNH faces UMass in a 3:30 p.m. contest.