DURHAM, N.H.-- The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team played to a 2-2 tie against the University of Maine in the America East opener on Saturday afternoon at Lewis Field.
Sophomore forward Ross Fishbain (Racine, Wisc.) scored his third goal of the season off his own rebound to tie the game, 1-1 at the 43:31 mark. Wildcat junior back Michael Card (Amherst, N.H.) gave UNH a 2-1 lead with 23 minutes remaining in the game with his first goal of the season on a header. Sophomore Geoff Sanford (Johnson City, N.Y.) set up the play, after receiving the ball from Bryan Stewart (Swanzey, N.H.) who passed from the left corner.
UNH's best scoring chance before its first goal was a shot by Fishbain with 7:34 left to play in the first half, when the ball hit the pipe and layed at the goaline until a Maine defender cleared the ball. Card also had a great chance at the 53:55 mark, taking a hard shot from 18 yards, but Maine keeper Chad Mongeon came up with a big save.
Maine tied the game, 2-2 when Jimmy Velas scored on a penalty kick at 77:51. Maine got on the scoreboard first at 31:47 with a goal by Justin Stockford, scoring from five yards out, Stockford's goal was setup by Jimmy Velas.
Sophomore goalkeeper Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made five saves for the Wildcats, while Mongeon stopped three shots for the Black Bears in the tie.
The Wildcats (1-2-4 overall, 0-0-1 AE) return to action on Saturday, Oct. 2 at Binghamton University (1 p.m.).