Late Game-Winner Lifts Men's Soccer to 2-1 Double OT Win at UNH

Late Game-Winner Lifts Men's Soccer to 2-1 Double OT Win at UNH
Eric Gylling scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to lift Harvard at UNH. (Gil Talbot)
 
DURHAM, N.H. – With 4:27 remaining in the second overtime period, junior Eric Gylling tallied the game-winning goal off a corner kick from Sam Brown to lead the Harvard men's soccer team (9-3-2) to a 2-1 win over New Hampshire (11-5-0) at Bremner Field.

Brown's cross from the left corner flag deflected off a UNH defender to Gylling, who got enough on his shot to cross the goal line and help the Crimson extend its unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1). For Gylling, it was his third straight game with the game-winning goal.

In a game between two evenly-matched teams, with Harvard and UNH matching each other with 10 shots each, the two sides remained scoreless after 45 minutes in the first half.

Harvard's best chance came on Taner Dogan's shot shortly after a Crimson corner, which was bobbled and grabbed by UNH goaltender Andrew Pesci in the 15th minute. Pesci also snagged a long free kick from Sam Brown in 40th minute.

In a span of just over four minutes in the second half, both teams got on the scoreboard, with Harvard taking the lead in the 59th minute, also on a corner kick. Brown's cross from the far corner was headed cleanly by Daniel Smith past Pesci to give Harvard a 1-0 lead.

In the 62nd minute, New Hampshire's Chris Wingate took a pass from Lalaina Randriamanantena just inside the 18-yard box and fired a shot into the lower left corner to tie the score at 1-1.

In the 82nd minute, Harvard's Jake Freeman made a run from the back and nearly beat Pesci from distance, but his curling shot fell just wide of the right post.

In overtime, before Gylling's game winner, Brown played dangerous ball into the box in sixth minute of the first extra frame, but Pesci made the stop, setting up the exciting finish.

Harvard returns to Ivy League play this weekend, taking on Dartmouth on Saturday (Oct. 29) in a road contest. The game will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network with a 4:30 p.m. start time.