Former Bangor High School star Dylan George and the University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team will play for the America East championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Division I Tournament on Saturday when the fifth-ranked Wildcats visit No. 2 Maryland Baltimore County.
Game time is 1 p.m. at the UMBC Soccer Stadium.
UNH (9-5-5) advanced to the final when George scored with 12 seconds left in the second overtime of Wednesday’s semifinal against top-ranked Boston University to give the Wildcats a 1-0 victory at Nickerson Field in Boston. George’s game-winner was set up by teammate Charlie Roche, who delivered the ball from the left of the box to an oncoming George, who quickly delivered a short shot into the net.
George, a 5-foot-11, 160-pound forward, has started in 12 of UNH’s 19 games this year, scoring two goals — both game-winners — and also contributing one assist while sharing the team lead with 35 shots on goal.
UNH will be playing in the conference final for the first time since 1994 against a UMBC team that improved its record to 11-4-2 with a semifinal victory over No. 3 Stony Brook.
UNH and UMBC played to a scoreless tie in their only meeting of the season on Oct. 9 at Durham, N.H.
George is a 2006 graduate of Bangor High School, where as a senior he was named Maine’s Gatorade player of the year in boys soccer, the state’s NSCAA All-America selection and the Class A State Coaches Player of the Year. George scored 52 career goals, which stood as the Bangor school record until his younger brother Nick broke the mark in 2009.
Dylan George then went on to Bridgton Academy, where he led his team in goals (16) and points (37) during the 2006 season before moving on to UNH, where he has eight goals and eight assists while starting 36 games over his four-year career.