DURHAM, N.H.- Senior Kyle Urso (Lombard, Ill.) and freshman Sean Coleman (Stratham, N.H.) each netted a goal to lift the No. 7 regionally-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Massachusetts on Saturday evening.
With the win the Wildcats remain unbeaten at 5-0-2, while the Minutemen, who have lost the last four meetings with the New Hampshire, fall to 2-3-1 on the season.
Massachusetts drew first with a goal by Mike DeSantis at 26:21. Ben Arikian served the ball from 30 yards out into a crowded box. The ball was redirected off the body of DeSantis into the lower right corner of the net to put the Minutemen ahead, 1-0. The goal was the Minutemen’s first against New Hampshire since Sept. 22, 2004.
Four minutes before halftime the Wildcats took advantage of a free kick to get on the board, 1-1. Urso, from 25 yards out, rifled the ball into a wall of defenders where it caromed off the defender and into the net.
Just five minutes into the second half, New Hampshire to a 2-1 lead with a goal by Coleman. Fellow freshman Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) took a shot from deep in the right corner, which was blocked by a defender. The ball found its way to the foot of a charging Coleman, who fired into the top left corner of the net for this second goal of the season.
In addition to his assist, Hilton made a great defensive play with just seconds remaining to secure the win for the Wildcats. The Minutemen set up a corner kick with under ten seconds to play. DeSantis received the serve and headed it on net, where Hilton made a block as time ran out on the visiting Minutemen.
New Hampshire outshot its opponent, 13-7, including eight shots by the Wildcats in the second half. Sophomore goalkeeper Colin O’Donnell (Springfield, Mass.) with a perfect 4-0-0 record made three saves in the win for the Wildcats. Zack Simmons, a Durham, N.H. native, made five saves for the Minutemen.
The Wildcats continue action Tuesday, Sept 23 when they travel to Harvard. The team will then open up America East Conference action on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Hartford before returning home to host Maine on Wednesday, Oct. 11.