DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team defeated UMass-Lowell, 4-0, before losing to New Hampshire’s United Soccer League Division 2 professional team, the NH Phantoms, 2-1, in two 60-minute games on April 14.  The day featured a three-team round robin on Bremner Field.
    Sophomore Kyle Urso (Lombard, Ill.) started the scoring for the Wildcats on a direct free-kick strike from 20 yards out into the far post.  The score would remain 1-0 until early in second half when sophomore Scott Rowling (Richboro, Pa.) sent a corner kick into the box that was miscleared by a UMass-Lowell defender into the goal. Junior defender Mike McKee (Newtown, Pa.) would make it 3-0 off a left-footed shot from a free-kick just outside the box.  Freshmen forward Joe Annese (Attleboro, Mass.) increased the Wildcat lead to 4-0 by placing a bouncing ball over the keeper’s reach off of a throw-in by Patrick Gay (Stonington, Conn.).  Senior Michael Jenne (Vernon, N.Y.) and freshman Tunde Ogunbiyi (Gwynedd, Pa.) shared goalkeeping responsibilities playing the first and second half respectively in the shutout. 
    UNH’s second game featured a rematch of the Wildcats’ first outing of the spring that resulted in a 1-1 tie. The Phantoms, the state’s only professional soccer team, opened the scoring 10 minutes into the game on a short cross, but freshman Chris Banks (Westborough, Mass.) responded just minutes later bending a shot from 18 yards out with his left foot into the top right hand corner of the net. The Phantoms would lead at the half 2-1 after UNH failed to clear a redirected cross.  Ogunbiyi replaced Jenne at the half but neither team could get much going and the game ended 2-1. The Phantoms were captained by UNH assistant coach Marc Hubbard.  Also representing UNH on the Phantoms’ squad was 2004 All-New England selection Tyler Jackson and America East two-time Goalkeeper of the Year Brian Levey.
    The Wildcats, who are 2-1-1 this spring, will face Southern New Hampshire University on Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. and Dartmouth University on Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. Both matches will take place on Bremner Field.
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