September 17, 2007

SHU, UNH Battle to Scoreless Tie in Nike Finale

Sept. 16, 2007

Final Stats

Durham, NH - Sacred Heart University and the University of New Hampshire men's soccer teams battled for a scoreless 110 minutes Sunday afternoon at Lewis Fields. The 0-0 draw concluded the UNH Nike Fall Classic.

Sacred Heart had a chance to score and end the game with just 38 seconds remaining in the final overtime. David Backman (Gothenburg, Sweden) headed the ball on net off a corner kick, but New Hampshire goalkeeper Mike Jenne made the save to keep the game scoreless. Jenne finished the game with six saves in his second shutout of the season, while Pioneers goalie Matt Jones (Stoke-on-Trent, England) tallied eight in the draw.

New Hampshire (1-3-2) out-shot the Pioneers (3-3-1) 21-12, with 10 chances coming in the second period of play. With just over 38 minutes remaining in regulation A.J. DuBois stole the ball at midfield and fed the ball to Adam Marcellus inside the Sacred Heart zone. Marcellus showed great footwork, but was tripped up by Pioneer goalkeeper Jones inside the box.

In overtime, Marcellus received the ball off a corner kick and delivered to the foot of Rowling, who took a shot that soared high from the middle of the box. Urso had an opportunity to end the scoring drought with a point blank shot that curved wide-right with 1:43 remaining in the second overtime period.

Junior Luke Gagliardi (North Branford, CT) and sophomore Jesper Fredriksson (Gothenburg, Sweden) were named to the All-Tournament team from SHU.

The Pioneers are back in action Friday when they visit Maine at 7:00 pm.