BALTIMORE, Md. - A goal late in the first half gave the UMBC Retrievers momentum, and the University of New Hampshire could not get it back, as the home team defeated the Wildcats, 2-0, Wednesday afternoon at UMBC Soccer Stadium in America East men's soccer action.
UMBC (7-4-3, 4-1-0 America East) took advantage of a free kick situation with two minutes remaining in the first half. Marcus Gross sent the free kick to Bryan Moffa, who headed it toward the goal. UNH goalie Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made the initial save, but Kevin Mezzadra picked up the rebound and sent the ball into the far right corner of the net for his sixth goal of the season.
The Wildcats seemingly tied the match in the second half thanks to Derek Bragg (Downingtown, Pa.), but the goal was waved off because of an offside call. The Retrievers immediately counterattacked, as Matt Watson crossed the ball to Manuel Mariel, who beat Levey from seven yards out for the insurance goal with just over 13 minutes left in regulation.
UNH had problems starting its offense, earning only four shots in the match, three of them by senior Michael Card (Amherst, N.H.). UMBC goalie Steve King made two saves for his sixth shutout of the season, while Levey made five saves for the Wildcats.
New Hampshire (8-4-2, 1-4-1 America East) looks to stay alive in the hunt for a conference playoff berth on Saturday, October 22, at Boston University beginning at 7 p.m. The Wildcats then return to Durham for their final two regular season matches, on consecutive Wednesdays against Dartmouth (Oct. 26) and Hartford (Nov. 2).