Minuteman Soccer Defeats New Hampshire 3-2 In Overtime
Sept. 22, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomore Rob Charest (Monson, Mass.) scored twice leading the UMass Minuteman soccer team to a 3-2 overtime win over the New Hampshire Wildcats on Wednesday afternoon at Rudd Field. Charest's goal in overtime marked the second time this season he has registered a golden goal for the Minutemen.
The midfielder found himself in the right spot in the 99th minute when he found the back left of the net from three yards out off a touch-pass from junior Oral Bullen (Brooklyn, N.Y.) for the game-winner.
Charest registered the game-tying goal in the 71st minute on assists from Tyler Pagano (Mundelein, Ill.) and Matty Lemire (Ipswich, Mass.) after UNH had regained a one-goal lead early in the second half.
New Hampshire (1-2-3) opened the scoring in the first half when Ross Fishbain recorded his second goal of the season in the 12th minute. Fishbain accepted Matt Low's direct kick to the box to beat UMass goalkeeper Colin Burns from five-yards out.
UMass (3-4-0) answered in the 23rd minute when Bullen scored his fourth goal of the year with a 20-yard shot to the top-left corner of the goal.
Bryan Stewart put UNH up again in the 56th minute on a pass from Brian Levey before Charest led UMass back again.
The Minutemen out-shot the Wildcats 18-10 including a 3-0 performance in the overtime period.
"This was a great win for us. We've got a young group of guys who are starting to believe in themselves and coming from behind twice to win a game on reinforces that belief," said head coach Sam Koch. "We're still making mistakes and have a ways to go, but our scoring has increased and we are slowly getting better."
Massachusetts will return to action on Sept. 28 when the Minutemen travel to Boston University to kick off a five-game road stand. UMass will return to Rudd Field on Oct. 15 to open up Atlantic 10 play against Dayton.
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