ROCHESTER, Mich. – The University of New Hampshire men's soccer squad fell to Oakland University 3-0 Friday evening. The loss puts the Wildcats at 0-1-0 while the Golden Grizzles are now 1-0-0.
The two teams were locked in a stalemate despite plenty of offense on both sides until the 34th minute of play when Oakland broke the tie. Miche'le Lipari redirected Kyle Bethel's cross and found the back of the net for the Golden Grizzlies. Lipari struck again in the 35th minute in similar fashion. Oakland's Sean Magee send a low cross into the box where Lipari was able to get the redirect into the net, giving him his second goal of the game. The Wildcats kept the offensive pressure up, rifling six shots in the first stanza.
In the second half, Oakland tallied their third goal when Johnny Dreshaj found Magee's corner kick in the box and put it away. The goal came in the 58th minute of play. New Hampshire went on an offensive surge in the second half, outshooting Oakland by a margin of 10-6. However the 'Cats were unable to mount a comeback and suffered its first loss of the season.
The two teams deadlocked in total shots with 16 apiece with each team sending five on target. UNH also held the advantage in corner kicks, 10-5.
Sophomore keeper Blake Dawn (San Marino, Calif.) made a pair of saves for the Wildcats while Oakland keeper Scott Messer stopped the five shots he faced.
New Hampshire returns to action Sunday, Aug. 26 (2:15 p.m.) when they take on Michigan State at the DeMartin Soccer Complex.