DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire and Stony Brook men's soccer teams begin a new chapter in soccer history when they meet for the first time ever Friday afternoon (10/5) at Lewis Field in Durham.
The Seawolves, playing their inaugural season in the America East conference, competed in the Atlantic Soccer Conference last year, where they set a new school record for wins (12) and shutouts in a season (10). Stony Brook is 3-2-1 overall this season, and 0-1-0 in America East following its 6-0 loss to the University at Albany on Oct. 2.
The 'Cats, meanwhile, are fresh off their 2-1 victory at Maine on Oct. 2. Sophomore Josh Hareld (N. Kingstown, R.I) scored on a breakaway 21 minutes into the second half to break a 1-1 deadlock and lead the Wildcats to victory in their conference opener. Hareld also recorded an assist on sophomore Nicholas Mello's (Rehoboth, Mass.) first career goal to account for the other UNH tally. Hareld, who leads the team in scoring (4-2-10), has now recorded at least one point in each of his last three matches.
With the win, the Wildcats pushed their record back to .500 at 3-3-1, 1-0-0. They are now 3-1-1 over their last five matches, the only setback a 2-0 loss to Massachusetts Sept. 19.
Other early standouts for the 'Cats include freshman Logan Lee (Racine, Wis.) who is second on the club in scoring (3-0-6) and senior Andy Karam (Schenectady, N.Y.) who recently moved into a tie for 13th on UNH's all-time scoring list with his goal during UNH's 3-3 tie with Providence Sept. 26.
Following Friday's match, UNH hits the road for three straight contests against Albany (10/7), Boston University (10/12) and Northeastern (10/14), before returning home to face defending America East champion Vermont (10/19) .