DURHAM, N.H. - Senior Adam Purcell (Barrington, R.I.) made his final home game a memorable one as he netted two goals to lead the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over the University of Delaware here this afternoon. The loss snaps a four-game losing streak for the 'Cats and improves them to 6-8-0 overall and 3-4-0 in America East. Delaware falls to 3-13-0 and 1-6-0 in the league.
Purcell would net both of his goals early in the first half. In the 11th minute, the 1999 America East Player of the Year beat two defenders on a breakaway to make it 1-0. At 25:16, Purcell took a feed from sophomore Doug Lawver (Doylestown, Pa.) and headed it into the left side of the net to double the New Hampshire lead.
Freshman Josh Hareld (North Kingstown, R.I.) would push the lead to 3-0 when he scored on a breakaway in the 39th minute. The goal was Hareld's third on the season.
Delaware would score their only goal in the 71st minute, when Jeff Martell scored on a pass from Richie Schrider in front of the Wildcat net. Delaware had several scoring chances down the stretch but were held at bay by the play of the UNH defense.
Senior Dan Sirota (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) played the first half in net for New Hampshire and made three saves without allowing a goal, before giving way to junior Shaun O'Neil (Wrentham, Mass.) who made three saves. Alex McGroarty made one save for the Fightin' Blue Hens.
New Hampshire hits the road next weekend for the final two games of the regular season. The 'Cats have games on Friday (10/27) at Drexel and Sunday (10/29) at Hofstra.