DURHAM, N.H. - In a battle of regionally ranked teams, University of Massachusetts, ranked No. 4 in New England, posted a 1-0 win over the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team in action Saturday afternoon at Bremner Field. UNH, the No. 3 team in New England entering Saturday's game, falls to 5-3-0 while the Minutemen move to 6-2-0.
The guests would net the only goal of the game in the 74th minute. Ernie Billitier lobbed a pass into the box to Dan Colwell. Colwell turned and fired from five yards and the shot beat UNH keeper Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) (7 saves).
The 'Cats had a key opportunity to tie with four minutes left in regulation. Nicholas Mello (Rehoboth, Mass.) fired a shot from 30 yards that looked like it had a chance, but barely sailed over the crossbar.
Both teams had scoring chances earlier in the half as well. Twelve minutes into the period, Josh Hareld (North Kingstown, R.I.) fired a shot from point blank range that was turned away by UMass keeper Nick Billman (6 saves). Moments later, after Levey came out to play the ball, Massachusetts' Ptah Myers had an open net to shoot into, but lifted the ball high and over the crossbar.
Saturday's loss ends UNH's 14 game home unbeaten streak, which dates back to the 2001 season. Ironically, UMass was the last team to defeat the Wildcats at home. The streak was the sixth-longest current streak in Division I.
UNH returns to action Wednesday, October 1, when it hosts intrastate rival Dartmouth College in a 7:00 contest at Bremner Field. The match marks the first home night game in UNH men's soccer history.