Chris Bennice

ORONO, Maine - In a typically tough conference battle, the New Hampshire Wildcats and Maine Black Bears traded goals, but neither team could get the edge on the scoreboard as the America East men's soccer match ended in a 1-1 tie Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Field.

The Wildcats struck first in the 29th minute, as the visitors took advantage of a free kick opportunity after a Maine yellow card. As the play was recycling, junior Matt Shump (Durham, N.H.) sent the ball into the box, and senior Chris Bennice (Scotia, N.Y.) beat Maine goalie Chad Mongeon to the ball and headed it into the net for his first goal of the season.

The UNH lead held up until the 60th minute, when Maine earned a corner kick. Cooper Friend found Jason Jacobe unmarked in the box, and Jacobe headed the ball past UNH goalie Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) to tie the match.

Both teams had chances to take the lead throughout the rest of the second half and both overtimes, but neither goalie let another ball past him. Levey finished the match with four saves, while Mongeon earned six saves during the afternoon.

For Maine (2-6-2, 0-1-2 America East), Friend and Dimitri Anastasiou each led the way with three shots. Freshman Scott Rowling (Richboro, Pa.), making his first collegiate start, led the Wildcats with three shots.

New Hampshire (7-2-2, 0-2-1 America East) returns home to face the Stony Brook Seawolves Saturday, October 8, at 1 p.m. at Lewis Field.

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