Eric Masi

DURHAM, N.H. - Michael Card (Amherst, N.H.) scored his second goal in as many matches and Eric Masi (York, Maine) earned a goal and an assist to give the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team a 2-0 victory over Quinnipiac University Sunday afternoon at Bremner Field.

In the 23rd minute of the match, Masi passed the ball to Card, who was able to beat his defender and slip his shot past Quinnipiac goalkeeper Paul Fleck for the first tally of the match. The Wildcats dominated the action throughout the match, notching 13 shots and nine corner kicks while the Bobcats managed only four shots and one corner kick.

The margin remained at 1-0 until the 60th minute when sophomore defender John Bergqvist (Hollviken, Sweden), stationed in the box on a corner kick, drew a foul on a Quinnipiac (0-2) player that led to a penalty kick. Masi decided to hit the ball towards the lower right-hand corner of the net, and Fleck was unable to stop it as UNH doubled its lead.

In the first match of the day, Vermont outfought Iona (0-2), 3-1, in a physical match that included 56 total fouls, seven yellow cards, and two downpours of rain. Panos Georgiadis scored his second goal of the weekend in the first half, while Matt Chew converted on a penalty kick to break a 1-1 tie in the 64th minute.

As it turned out, it was a goal by Lee Stephane Kouadio in the 88th minute that gave the Catamounts their second consecutive UNH NIKE Fall Classic title, as Vermont (2-0) won the tiebreaker over UNH on goals scored during the tournament, 5-4. With two goals each during the Classic, Georgiadis and Card were named co-MVPs of the tournament.

The following players were named to the 2005 NIKE Fall Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team: Panos Georgiadis, Corey Bronner, Matt Chew, and Jesse Brady-Searby of Vermont; Michael Card, Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, Pa.), John Bergqvist, and Matt Shump (Durham, N.H.) of UNH; Nicholas Smaldone and Marcos Monteagudo of Iona; Ben Forst and Aldin Beslagic of Quinnipiac.

The UNH Wildcats (2-0) return to action next weekend at the Vermont Smith Barney/NIKE Soccer Classic in Burlington, Vt. The Wildcats will face San Francisco on Friday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. and Army on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 11 a.m.

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