DURHAM, N.H.- Kyle Urso (Lombard, Ill.) recorded four shots on goal for the University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team, but a nine save effort by Albany’s Ceus Steward allowed for a 2-0 Albany win on Saturday evening.
With the loss, their first at home this season, the Wildcats fall to 6-3-2, 1-2-0 in America East, while the Great Danes improve to 8-3-0, 2-1-0 in conference play.
The Great Danes got the scoring started at 27:14. Mikael McNamara directed the ball in from the top of the box, where the ball was deflected off the head of a UNH defender into the goal.
The Wildcats doubled its opponent shots during the first half, 8-4, including two by senior midfield A.J. DuBois (Acworth, N.H.), both blocked by defenders.
In the 66th minute the Wildcats fired off a duo of shots, which had potential for tying the game. Urso, who was selected as New Hampshire’s Man of the Match, fired a shot on net. Seconds later, DuBois blasted a shot toward the goal, but the ball sailed high over the net.
Just before the 77-minute mark, Sander Anker found the back of the left side of the net to increase the deficit to 2-0, at 66:54. The Great Danes had a throw in from 30 yards out, the ball found Claudio Dantas. The forward quickly tapped it ahead to Anker who found enough space in a crowded area to fire home a shot, which beat the dive of Wildcat goalkeeper Colin O’Donnell (Springfield, Mass.). O’Donnell finished the game with three saves for the Wildcats.
With under ten minutes to play, freshman forward Jon Harris (Amherst, N.H.), on fresh legs, sprinted past defenders into the left corner where he took a shot on net, however, the ball was stopped by Steward, Albany’s Man of the Match.
The Wildcats will travel to Vermont on Wednesday, Oct. 15 to face the Catamounts. The squad will return home next Saturday, Oct. 18 when they play host to Boston University.