MEN'S SOCCER ANNOUNCES 2008 SPRING SCHEDULE
DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team has announced its spring games, which includes six games to played at New Hampshire’s Bremmer Field. The spring schedule is highlighted by contests against three 2007 NCAA Division I tournament teams and one D-II NCAA tournament qualifier.
   
"It is easier to work hard in the offseason when the players and coaches can look forward to testing themselves against the best,” said head coach Rob Thompson. “I am certain the players will be up for the challenge."
   
The Wildcats open up by hosting UMass-Lowell of the 2007 NCAA D-II tournament on Saturday, March 29. Kickoff for the first game will begin at 6 p.m. on Bremner Field.

In April, New Hampshire will host Northeastern of the CAA and Southern New Hampshire of the Northeast-10 league. The intrastate rivalry between the New Hampshire Wildcats and the Southern New Hampshire Hawks has been taken to new heights as former men’s soccer assistant coach, Marc Hubbard, has recently been hired as the head coach at SNHU. Both games will be played at Bremner Field on Sunday, April 6 as part of a round robin. The Wildcats will take on the Huskies at noon, followed by SNHU vs. Northeastern at 1:30. The final match of the day will be the Wildcats and Hawks at 3 p.m.

In other intrastate action, the Wildcats will host Dartmouth on Saturday, April 12 at 6 p.m. The Big Green of the Ivy League qualified for the NCAA tournament last season. The Wildcats will then face NCAA Final-eight qualifier Notre Dame at Hanover High School on Saturday, April 19 at 11 a.m.

"This spring schedule is exciting and should give me a good idea of what we can look forward to next year,” Thompson added. “It is difficult to match the demands of the fall schedule with a challenging spring slate, but I think I have done that this year."

The Wildcats conclude the spring schedule with an alumni game on Saturday, May 3. The game will take place on Bremner Field at 5:30 p.m.

The men’s soccer team finished its 2007 campaign with a 5-5-9 overall record and 2-2-5 in the America East conference to advance to the America East semifinals for the second consecutive year.
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