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College Soccer: Schmidt nets two as UNH men top Dartmouth

Special to the Union Leader

October 18. 2017 1:03AM
Dartmouth's Tyler Dowse battles UNH's Robin Schmidt at UNH in Durham on Tuesday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)

DURHAM — Cologne, Germany is over 3,500 miles from Durham, but Cologne’s Robin Schmidt seemed right at home Tuesday night for the University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team.

Schmidt scored a pair of goals in the second half to spark a four-goal half as the No. 18 Wildcats came from behind to defeat the 20th-ranked Dartmouth Big Green 4-2 at Wildcat Stadium.

UNH improved to 9-1-3 while Dartmouth dropped to 8-3-1.

“He’s doing a good job of holding the ball which helps everyone else on the field get up and support,” UNH coach Marc Hubbard said of Schmidt. “To have the confidence to finish now is big.”

Down 1-0 at half, UNH tied the game less than two minutes after halftime when Schmidt scored after Dartmouth goalie Christopher Palacios couldn’t control the ball.

The 6-foot-3-inch Schmidt scored his second goal just under 20 minutes later when he headed in a ball from 12 yards that was crossed in by Meriden’s Jack Doherty from the sideline.

“I think they started better than we did, and they scored the first goal, but as a team we managed to come back and I always had the feeling that we would,” Schmidt said. “I think as a team we performed quite well. Jack is my suite mate as well. We get along well. It was a great cross. I was lucky I was there and hit it in somehow.”

The Wildcats added a late goal by Siggi Giersson, of Reykjavik, Iceland. A goal from Doherty with less than two minutes left put the game on ice.

“It’s a collective effort,” Hubbard said. “I think it starts from our forwards and works all the way back to (goalie Andrew) Pesci. It’s always been a staple of our program. To give two goals up is tough, but to put goals in, I’ll take that.”

Pesci, of Windham, finished with three saves. He has allowed seven goals in 13 games. Palacios had one save.

Dartmouth got the scoring going late in the first half when Matt Danilack scored on a rebound. Despite taking the early lead, the Big Green couldn’t maintain offensive consistency throughout, thanks to the defensive play of the Wildcats. Willis Griffith, of Amherst, and Josh Bauer, of Bedford, anchored the center defense for the Wildcats the entire game.

“We want to have the ball and it starts with them,” Hubbard said. “They’ve got to make good decisions to start our attack. They’ve been huge both on the ball and defensively.”

Dartmouth added a goal with five minutes left when Dawson McCartney fired one home. Dartmouth’s top scorer, Eduvie Ikoba, was held without a shot.

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