CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Adam Marcellus (Malvern, Pa.) took advantage of a Furman mistake with less than four minutes remaining in the first half, and the University of New Hampshire defense held off the Furman attack in the second half as the Wildcats defeated the Paladins, 2-1, Friday afternoon at the Harvard Soccer Invitational.
In the 42nd minute, John Bergqvist (Hollviken, Sweden) sent a long pass in that a Furman defender attempted to head out, but the ball deflected to Marcellus. Marcellus, who was stationed in front of the goal, connected on his shot for his second goal in as many matches.
Ross Fishbain (Racine, Wis.) put the Wildcats on the board as he received a long pass from Matt Shump (Durham, N.H.), outran the defense, and tapped the ball past Furman goalkeeper Derek Gleason. Fishbain's goal in the 14th minute was his third of the season.
Furman tied the match in the 34th minute as Robert Hunter sent a one-timer past UNH goalie Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, Pa.). It was the first goal given up by the Wildcats this season and ended Levey's shutout streak of just over 550 minutes over the span of seven matches.
The UNH defense kept Furman (0-3-3) from tying the match throughout the second half, as the Paladins controlled the action, outshooting the Wildcats 6-3 in the second half. Levey made two saves in the match, as did Gleason.
"I think we did a great job of protecting our lead," UNH head coach Rob Thompson said. "In the second half we bent but we didn't break. I've been talking about how we would react when we gave up that first goal, and we did a good job of responding and buckling down defensively."
New Hampshire (4-0-1) looks to keep its five-match unbeaten streak alive on Sunday in a contest against Coastal Carolina at 11 a.m.