August 31, 2012

Men's Soccer Ousted by Marist, 2-0

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's soccer squad dropped a 2-0 decision to Marist College on Friday evening at Bremner Field. The loss bumps the Wildctas to 1-2-0 on the season while Marist improves to 1-2-0. Goalkeeper Blake Dawn (San Marino, Calif.) made a trio of saves in the effort.

The Wildcats set the tempo on offense in the first half as they outshot the Red Foxes, 6-3. Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) almost tallied an early lead for New Hampshire has he launched a shot directly for the top right corner of the net. However, Marist keeper Anthony Sokalski extended and tipped the ball over the net. At the end of the first half, the two teams were deadlocked at 0-0.

It was not until the 63rd minute of play when Marist broke the draw on a goal by Cesar Ceja. The play originated with Evan Southworth, who found Ceja in the box. Ceja took the shot from about 15 yards out and placed it in the top right corner of the net. Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.) nearly tied the game up in the 87th minute after finding the rebound on a shot taken by David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.). Thomas wound up and blasted a shot, however a Marist defender was able to get his head on the ball and deflect the shot off target. In the 88th minute Wes Finch extended the Red Foxes lead to 2-0. Stephan Brossard initially played the ball into the box, finding a sliding Finch who put the ball away on the back post. At the end of the game, Marist held a 2-0 margin for the win.

New Hampshire outshot Marist by a total of 15-9. Sokalski stopped all four shots on net that he faced while Dawn blocked three of five attempts. Schlatter posted a game-high four shots on the game while Clint Caso (Kinnelon, N.J.) tallied three.

The Wildcats will hit the road for the next game as they play the University of Pennsylvania Quakers Sunday afternoon at 6 p.m.

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