October 17, 2009

MEN'S SOCCER SQUEEZES PAST VERMONT, 1-0

DURHAM, N.H. - Junior Robin Gerum (Kullavik, Sweden) scored his first goal of the season and junior goalkeeper Colin O'Donnell (Springfield, Mass.) stopped all three shots he faced as the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team edged the University of Vermont, 1-0, Saturday afternoon at Lewis Fields.

The Wildcats improve to 7-5-1 on the season, including a perfect 4-0-0 in America East play, while the Catamounts fall to 1-7-5 overall and 1-1-2 in the conference.

Deadlocked in a scoreless tie in the 71st minute, Gerum found the back of the net to give his team some breathing room and what would be the eventual game winner. Senior Chris Banks (Westborough, Mass.) received the ball on the right of the box off a throw in and slid it across to the left of the box where Gerum popped it into the left side of the net past Vermont goalkeeper Tom Critz. Critz made one save for the Catamounts.

O'Donnell recorded his fourth shutout of the season, which matches his most ever in a campaign. O'Donnell, who posted four shutouts last season, now has 10 for his career.

The first half of play was a back-and-forth, physical affair that did not see its first shot on goal until the 26th minute. The Wildcats did have one chance, however, when Banks made a long run down the right flank and orchestrated a nifty pass to junior Dylan George (Bangor, Maine) in the 24th minute. George, on the right side of the box, ripped a low shot to the far post that tailed just wide to the left.

Vermont held an 8-6 edge in shots, as well as an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.

The Wildcats return to action Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. when they hit the road to take on the University at Albany.

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