Brian Levey

DURHAM, N.H. - After giving up a goal late in the second half, the 24th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's soccer team created several chances, but the ball would not go in the net as the Vermont Catamounts pulled out a 1-0 victory Saturday night at Bremner Field.

The first serious chance of the match for either team came in the 65th minute, as Vermont's Matt Chew hit the left post after a corner kick. The Catamounts continued to pressure the UNH defense, as Jordan Crasilneck and Patrick Wyld earned solid chances in the next six minutes.

In the 77th minute, Crasilneck sent freshman Lee Stephane Kouadio in with a pass through the UNH defense. From the left side, Kouadio sent a diagonal shot that went past UNH goalie Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and into the lower right corner of the net for his ninth goal of the season.

After the goal, the Wildcats increased their offensive pressure, sending more players forward in order to tie the match. Even Levey found himself on the offensive side of the ball in the final minute. After a UNH corner kick in the 81st minute, Matt Shump (Durham, N.H.) hit the crossbar with his first shot of the match.

On another Wildcat corner kick a minute later, Chris Bennice (Scotia, N.Y.) found Michael Card (Amherst, N.H.) at the right post, but Card's header went just wide. Another shot by Shump in the 86th minute also just missed the net, while Geoff Sanford's (Johnson City, N.Y.) attempt with a minute remaining was corralled by Vermont goalie Tom Critz.

Both Levey and Critz ended the match with three saves each. Each team earned 11 total shots, with UNH notching five corner kicks, four of them in the second half, while Vermont (8-3-0, 1-1-0 America East) had three corner kicks. It was a physical game, with 39 fouls whistled, three yellow cards, and several rough plays that earned cries of foul from both benches.

New Hampshire (7-2-1, 0-2-0 America East) travels north to face Maine on Wednesday, October 5, at 3 p.m. in Orono. The next home match for the Wildcats is next Saturday, October 8, against Stony Brook at Lewis Field at 1 p.m.

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