Men's Soccer Finishes Off Holy Cross, 2-1, in Double Overtime

DURHAM, N.H. – Josh Bronner (Belchertown, Mass.) punched in a game-winning goal with just over two minutes remaining in double overtime, leading the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory against the College of the Holy Cross Tuesday evening at Bremner Field.

UNH improves to 6-7-1 overall with the win, while Holy Cross drops its fourth straight game, falling to 1-10-2.

Senior Brad Hilton

Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) set up the game-winner immediately following a Holy Cross foul, as he took advantage of the situation and serviced a ball into the box from about 30 yards out. Bronner was able to connect with the pass and headed it into the back of the net at 107:24 to give New Hampshire the win.

Ryan McNamara (West Nyack, N.Y.) tallied the game's first goal in the 17th minute of the first half, giving the home team the early 1-0 edge. David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) set up the tally when he sent a pass from the right side to McNamara on the left and he fired a shot into the net at 16:20.

Holy Cross wouldn't wait long to strike back, as Monty Sanders scored on an unassisted tally at 17:41. Sanders tracked down a loose ball at the top of the box and drilled it into the back of the net to even the score at 1-1.

New Hampshire nearly broke the deadlocked tie when Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.) sent a ball into the box to Ugochukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.), but his header missed left of the net with just over three minutes remaining in regulation.

Turner was in on another chance just two minutes into the second overtime when he sent a ball to Bronner in the box on a corner kick. Turner's service was right on target and Bronner was able to put a header on net, but Crusader goalkeeper Evan Polanik made a diving stop to prevent the score.

New Hampshire held the edge in both shots (14-11) and corner kicks (9-8) in the contest. Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) led UNH with four shots, putting two attempts on goal.

The Wildcats are back in action when they take on the University of Vermont Saturday, Oct. 22 (7 p.m.) at Bremner Field.

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