When and Where: November 1, 2016 – Rindge, N.H. (Sodexo Field)
Score: Franklin Pierce University 2, Southern New Hampshire University 1 (2OT)
Records: FPU 12-4-0, SNHU 11-4-2
Senior Enzo Giuliani (Toulouse, France) scored in the ninth minute to stake the fifth-seeded Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team to a 1-0 lead, but fourth-seeded Franklin Pierce University tied it and then won it in the 103rd minute to post a 2-1 victory in a Northeast-10 Championship quarterfinal Tuesday afternoon at Sodexo Field.
Franklin Pierce ended it 2:53 into the second extra session when Hamish Cadigan's free kick from 40 yards out on the right side sailed into the left side of the box, where Charlie Madden was able get a head on it and send it into the top-right corner of the net.
Southern New Hampshire needed just 8:18 to find the scoreboard at the beginning of the match as graduate student Ryan Simpson (Manchester, N.H.) tapped a pass outside the box to, Giuliani who hit a one-timer into the back of the net that made it 1-0.
Franklin Pierce would find the equalizer midway through the 24th minute off a corner kick when Jacob Blixt's service was headed in by Jordan Barnett to even the match at 1-all.
The game remained tied through halftime and the second half before heading to overtime. In the extra session, grad student Yannis Becker (Sittensen, Germany) had a chance to win it in the 95th minute, but his low shot from the right corner of the box was stopped by diving Franklin Pierce goalkeeper Jadel Poon-Lewis at the near post.
-Southern New Hampshire was unbeaten in seven of its last eight (5-1-2) entering the match.
-This will be the first time since 2011 a team not named Southern New Hampshire will be crowned Northeast-10 Champions, while it will mark the first time since 2010 the Penmen have not advanced to the conference title game.
-SNHU is now 69-7-6 (.878) over its last 82 matches dating back to the beginning of the 2013 National Championship season.
-Zucco made a career-high eight saves for the Penmen, while Poon-Lewis stopped five shots for the Ravens.
-Franklin Pierce outshot Southern New Hampshire, 16-12, and held a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.
The Penmen will await their fate and see if they earn an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Selection Show will air Monday, Nov. 7 (6:30 p.m.) at NCAA.com and can be viewed HERE.
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