DURHAM, N.H. - Five different players netted goals as the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team opened the 2003 season with a 5-1 win over St. Joseph's (Pa.) in the opening round of the Nike Fall Soccer Classic. UNH starts at 1-0 for the second straight year while the Hawks fall to 0-1.
The Wildcats got on the board just 4:11 into the game when Tyler Jackson (Amherst, N.H.) scored on a low liner from 25 yards that found the lower left corner of the net. Chris Bennice (Scotia, N.Y.) assisted on the tally. Brendan Hankard (Glastonbury, Conn.) would make it 2-0 10 minutes later when he headed a ball home on a corner kick by Jackson. Nicholas Mello (Rehoboth, Mass.) made 3-0 at the 24:35 mark when he redirected a throw-in by Bennice.
Logan Lee (Racine, Wis.) upped the lead to 4-0 5:16 into the second half when he headed home a long, high cross off the foot of Brett Wyman (Durham, N.H.). Adam Duffy got the Hawks on the board when he scored on a feed from Joe Grayauskie 1:37 later, but UNH responded with a goal in the 59th minute by Eric Masi (York, Maine). Wyman and Josh Hareld (North Kingstown, R.I.) assisted on the score.
Freshman Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) played in net for New Hampshire and made six stops. Kevin Dougher played the first 65 minutes in goal for St. Joseph's, allowing five goals and making two saves, before giving way to Chris DiStefano. DiStefano stopped two shots.
UNH extended its home unbeaten streak to 13 games, a string that dates back to the 2001 season. The Wildcats are 10-0-3 in their last 13 games on campus.
New Hampshire returns to action Sunday, when it faces Iona in the second round on the Nike Fall Soccer Classic at 3 p.m.. Iona was a 2-0 winner over Vermont in Friday's first game.