DURHAM, N.H. - Logan Lee's (Racine, Wis.) goal in the 53rd minute proved to be the game-winner as the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team opened the 2002 season with a 2-1 win over Lafayette in the first round of the Nike Fall Soccer Classic at Cowell Stadium.
After the Wildcats (1-0-0) and Leopards (0-1-0) came out of halftime tied at 1, Lee took a serve from the right side of the box from Matt Glode (Barrington, N.H.) and blasted a shot that bounced off the inside of the crossbar and past the goal line.
New Hampshire would get on the board in the middle of the first half. Just past the 18 minute mark, UNH took advantage of a corner kick for its first goal of the season. Senior Josh McGeachey (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) served the ball from the right corner to the far side of the box. Junior Brendan Hankard (Glastonbury, Conn.) would put it home for the 1-0 advantage.
Lafayette would tie the game at 1 late in the first half. Ralph Rapuano pushed a soft header past Wildcat keeper Mike Vignola (Hudson, N.H.) (2 saves) for the equalizer. Jamie Mullarkey assisted on the tally.
Lafayette was able to eke out a slight 11-10 edge in shot attempts for the contest. Leopard keeper Jay Freedman made two saves.
Both teams return to action in the second round of the Nike Fall Soccer Classic Sunday (Sept. 1). UNH faces Adelphi at 3 p.m., while Lafayette takes on Vermont in Sunday's early game at 12:30. Vermont was a 2-0 winner over Adelphi in the afternoon's first contest.