ALBANY, N.Y. - The University at Albany used a wind-blown goal early in the second half to beat the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team, 1-0 Sunday afternoon at Varsity Field in Albany. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the 'Cats and dropped their overall record to 4-4-1 and 2-1-0 in AMERICA EAST. Albany improved to 6-3-0 and 3-0-0.
At 5:37 of the second half, Great Danes back Ryan Bombard attempted to send a crossing pass toward the front of the UNH goal. A gusty wind, however, grabbed his pass and curled it just inside the far right post to give Albany a 1-0 lead. The wind, which blew steady at 15 mph most of the contest, gave way to rain for the last 10 minutes of the match as the two teams played through monsoon-like conditions the rest of the way.
UNH had a golden opportunity to tie it with 13:13 remaining in the second half when the Great Danes committed a foul inside their own penalty box. But senior Ryan DiNunzio's (Kenmore, N.Y.) hard shot to the lower left side was saved by Albany goalkeeper Trevor Serraro.
Serraro finished with nine saves in recording his second consecutive shutout. Wildcat keeper Shaun O'Neil (Wrentham, Mass.) was the hard-luck loser, stopping seven Great Danes shots.
UNH continues its three-game road trip with a match Friday (10/12) against Boston University before travelling to Northeastern for a game with the Huskies Sunday (10/14). The Wildcats return home to face defending America East champion Vermont at Lewis Field on Oct. 19 at 3 p.m.