DURHAM, N.H.-Freshman Asaf Lubezky scored two goals as the University of Hartford defeated the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team 3-1 Sunday afternoon. The Wildcats drop to 4-7-1 overall and 0-3-1 in the AMERICA EAST Conference. Hartford improves to 5-6-1 and 3-0-1 in conference play.
Hartford scored three unanswered goals before junior forward Adam Purcell (Barrington, R.I.) put one in with under three minutes to play to prevent the shutout. Lubezky put the Hawks on the board with over 11 minutes to play in the second half on an assist from sophomore Marcin Just for a 1-0 lead. Immediately after, Hartford had a chance for another goal, but senior Brian Rosa (Portsmouth, R.I.) made the save for the Wildcats. Sophomore Michael Zeller later found the back of the net for a 2-0 Hartford lead. Freshman Guy Primor assisted on the goal.
Purcell scored his 13th goal of the season off a rebound from senior forward Jay Heimgartner's (Wethersfield, Conn.) shot to close out the scoring 3-1.
The two teams battled through a scoreless first half with strong goaltending from both teams. Wildcat senior keeper Mitch Osman (Herndon, Va.) stopped 7 shots and Hartford goaltender Christopher Doyle made four saves. Osman finished with 7 saves and Doyle tallied eight saves for the victors.
The Wildcats play two conference road games this weekend. They travel to Towson Friday for a 4 p.m. start and then take on Delaware Sunday, October 17 at 1 p.m.