CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- A game-tying goal by junior forward Chris Banks (Westborough, Mass.) was not enough as the No. 5 regionally-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team suffered its first loss of the 2008 season at Harvard, 3-1, on Tuesday afternoon.
With the loss in the Wildcats fall to 5-1-2, while the Crimson improve to 3-2-0 on the season.
Banks connected on a penalty shot at 13:59 to put the Wildcats on the board and even the score, 1-1.
Banks’ goal was sandwiched between two goals by Harvard’s Andre Akpan, including the game-winner at 34:22. Michael Fucito, who earned the assist on Akpan’s first goal, added an insurance goal for the Crimson at 72:06 to make it 3-1.
The Wildcats had three corner kick opportunities in the final 16 minutes, but the shot by Sean Coleman (Stratham, N.H.) at 75:10 and the header by Joe Corsello (York, Maine) at 81:29 both went wide. Banks fired off his fourth shot of the game with just over ten minutes to play but the ball sailed over the net.
New Hampshire outshot its opponent, 14-7, including seven on goal for the Wildcats.
Sophomore goalkeeper Colin O’Donnell (Springfield, Mass.) tallied one save in his first collegiate loss, while Joseph Alexander made six saves in the win for the Crimson.
The Wildcats open up America East action at Hartford on Saturday, Oct. 4 before returning home to host Maine on Wednesday, Oct. 8. Gametime on Lewis Fields is scheduled for 3 p.m.