DURHAM, N.H. – Redshirt senior Byron Greeenwood (Greenland, N.H.) scored his first goal of the season, but the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team was ousted from the America East Championship in a penalty kick shootout, 4-3, by the University of Hartford in Wednesday night's semifinal at Bremner Field. The game officially ended in a 1-1 tie.
UNH, the tourney second seed by virtue of a 5-2-0 conference record, falls to 12-5-1 overall. Hartford improves to 14-3-3 and advances to the America East title game Saturday night at 7:30 to take on the UMBC Retrievers.
After the teams played to a 1-1 tie through 110 minutes of play, the game went to a best-of-five shootout. After both teams scored their first two shots, freshman goalkeeper David MacKinnon saved Ugo Uche's (Ann Arbor, Mich.) shot to give Hartford the 2-1 advantage after two rounds. Both teams would score in the third and fourth rounds before MacKinnon stopped Jesus Tedula's (Zaragoza, Spain) shot to seal the victory for Hartford.
UNH opened the scoring in the 15th minute when the Wildcats advanced the ball down the left side of the field and played a cross into Hartford's penalty area. The Hawks deflected the ball away from the goal, but Greenwood was there to launch a one-timer from 25-yards out that ricocheted off the bottom of the crossbar into the net to give UNH the 1-0 advantage at 14:08.
The Hawks responded just 51 seconds later to knot the score at 1-1. Hartford junior Damion Lowe carried the ball up the left side and took a shot from 20-yards out that hit the crossbar. The ball landed at the feet of forward Jovani Simms, who corralled it in the middle of the box and tucked it into the open net.
Hartford's goal broke the Wildcats' streak of six straight games without relinquishing a goal in America East postseason play.