DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire men's soccer head coach Rob Thompson has announced that Robert Cooley has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend UNH and play for the Wildcats beginning in the 2006-07 academic year.

Cooley, a 5'11", 155-lb. midfielder from Northboro, Mass., was a four-year starter at Algonquin Regional High School. The team won back-to-back state championships in 2004 and 2005, going 39-0-7 during the past two seasons.

"Cooley is a winner," Thompson said. "He's a feisty midfielder that plays bigger than his size. He will battle to win balls, and his work ethic makes him a good fit with the rest of our midfielders."

A team captain his senior season, Cooley earned Metrowest Daily News All-Star honors three times and All-State honors as well as placement on the Telegram and Gazette Super Team twice each.

Cooley is a member of the Juventus USA club team that won the 2005 Massachusetts state championship and advanced to the regional finals. He is the third current Juventus USA club member to sign with UNH, joining Chris Banks and Joseph Annese.

"This is the start of a good class for us," said Thompson. "The fact that they presently play together should only help their transition to college."

The University of New Hampshire, a member of the America East Conference, is coming off a 9-5-3 season and was ranked as high as 23rd nationally in 2005. The Wildcats finished fourth in the nation in goals against average (0.57) and lose only four players to graduation.

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