PHILADELPHIA - The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Drexel University this afternoon. The win improves the Dragons to 9-5-1 overall and 5-3-0 in America East. New Hampshire now stands at 6-9-0 and 3-5-0 in America East.

With the loss, UNH is eliminated from the race for the America East Championship which begins next weekend.

Drexel nearly got on the board in the 21st minute when a shot was headed toward the UNH net, but junior Andy Karam (Schenectady, N.Y.) kicked the ball over the net to make a back save.

The Dragons scored their first goal at the 35:24 mark when Mark Zajac scored on a feed from Jeff Parke. Neither side would score again until the 84th minute when Drexel was awarded a penalty kick, which was converted by freshman Daniel Zajac.

Junior Shaun O'Neil (Wrentham, Mass.) made seven saves in net for the 'Cats while going the distance, while Mike Haberman stopped eight Wildcat shots for the hosts to record his sixth shutout.

New Hampshire closes out the 2000 season Sunday (10/29) when it travels to West Hempstead, N.Y. to face the Pride of Hofstra University. Game time is 1:00 p.m.

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