BURLINGTON, Vt.- Chris Banks (Westborough, Mass.), a forward on the University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team, tallied the lone goal of the game to lift the Wildcats to a 1-0 overtime victory against Memphis in the opening game of the 2008 Smith Barney Classic on Friday afternoon. With the win, the Wildcats record remains untarnished at 3-0, while the Tigers fall to 1-2.
While New Hampshire and Memphis played through 90 minutes of scoreless soccer, the Wildcats outshot their opponent 18-12, including 10 shots in the first period.
Banks, who earned his third goal in as many games, notched the game-winner just 57 seconds into overtime. Senior Scott Rowling (Richboro, Pa.) passed the ball upfield to Kyle Urso (Lombard, Ill.), who played it ahead to Banks. Before gaining possession, Banks managed to avoid the Memphis defense while staying onside. Memphis’ Michael Goodlett came out of the net to play the ball, but Banks, from 10-yards out, was able to loft the ball over the head of the goalkeeper into the net.
Banks and Urso both finished the game with four shots for the Wildcats.
Sophomore goalkeeper Colin O’Donnell (Springfield, Mass.), with two saves for the Wildcats, earned his third win on the season, while Goodlett recorded five saves in the loss.