DURHAM, N.H. - Despite holding a tough Harvard offense at bay and going neck and neck in shots with the Crimson, the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team fell to Harvard University 1-0 Wednesday afternoon at Lewis Fields.
The Wildcats (2-4-1) posted 11 shots in the game, while the No. 6 Crimson (6-0-0) had 12, including the game-winning shot during the 60th minute.
Brian Rogers tallied the goal on the Crimson's third shot on net in the second half as he picked up the rebound off an Adam Rousmaniere's shot that was blocked by UNH goalkeeper Colin O'Donnell (Springfield, Mass.) and punched it into the left hand corner of the net from the right post to give Harvard the lead at 59:59. Rousmaniere earned the assist on Rogers's fourth goal of the season.
With just under 10 minutes to play the Wildcats would battle back as Dylan George (Bangor, Maine) dribbled the ball down towards the right flank delivering a diagonal pass to Bobby Cooley (Northborough, Mass.) in front of the net but would fall short kicking the ball wide left.
Moments later, the Wildcats would string together a pair of chances to knot up the game, but were turned away, as Chris Banks (Westborough, Mass.) and Joe Annese (Attleboro, Mass.) were both blocked by the Crimson defense within seconds of one another just after the 80-minute mark.
New Hampshire would have one final chance to get on the board with just under three minutes to play in the second half as Marcus Barr (Wallingford, Pa.) shot the ball at the right side of the box, kicking it wide left.
Banks led the Wildcats with four shots, with Barr tallying two shots of his own. As for Harvard, Ben Tsuda tallied a team best three shots, with both Rousmaniere and Rogers notching two shots apiece.
O'Donnell tied his season best total with five saves in the match. Crimson goalkeeper Austin Harms tallied three saves and recorded his third shutout of the year.
The Wildcats return to action when they travel to Smithfield, R.I. to take on the Bryant University Bulldogs on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m.