ALBANY, N.Y. - Despite having several scoring opportunities in the match, the 23rd-ranked University of New Hampshire Wildcats could not convert on any of them, and a late goal by Albany gave the Great Danes a 1-0 victory Saturday afternoon in the America East men's soccer opener for both teams.
Albany goalkeeper Steward Ceus made five saves in the match, none of them very easy as the Wildcats pressured the Albany defense throughout the match. Senior Eric Masi (York, Maine), coming off a two-goal game against UMass, had three shots on goal but was unable to get any of them past Ceus.
"We played hard enough and well enough to win this game," head coach Rob Thompson said. "We generated enough chances, but the Albany goalie came up with some big saves today and helped his team win the match."
The Great Danes (4-4-1, 1-0 America East) earned the only goal of the match in the 79th minute when Jonathan Stroud sent a crossing pass towards Timba Bimont. Bimont hit a one-timer from ten yards out past UNH goalie Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) for the eventual game-winning goal.
Levey finished the match with four saves for the Wildcats. New Hampshire earned three corner kicks and ten shots overall while giving up only one corner kick and nine shots to Albany.
UNH (6-1-1, 0-1 America East) looks to get back on the winning track Tuesday, Sept. 27, against former conference rival Northeastern in Boston at 3 p.m. The Wildcats' next conference match is next Saturday, Oct. 1, against Vermont at 7 p.m. at Bremner Field.