November 3, 2009

MEN’S SOCCER EDGED BY DARTMOUTH, 1-0

DURHAM, N.H. – Despite holding a Dartmouth attack at bay and outshooting the Big Green, the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team fell to Dartmouth College 1-0 Tuesday night at Bremner Field.

With the win, the Big Green improve to 9-5-1 and 3-2 in Ivy League play, while the Wildcats fall to 9-6-2 and 6-0-1 in America East play. New Hampshire posted 12 shots in the game, while the Big Green had 10, including the game-winning shot during the in the 6th minute of play.

Walter Linares initiated the play as he threw the ball from the right flank and into the box at the far post, when the ball deflected off a UNH defender and found its way into the lower left hand corner of the net.

The Wildcats would come close to delivering the equalizer moments later, as Alex Russell (Harisburg, Pa.) delivered a ball into the box off a free kick in the 34th minute, but it was batted down by Dartmouth goalkeeper Sean Donovan, sending it back into the box. Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.) would take advantage of the loose ball, picking it up at the top of the box, but missed the net firing a shot high.

The rest of the first stanza featured deadlocked play between both squads, trading shot for shot in the final minutes of the period. However, the second period would be another story for the Wildcats, as they outshot the Big Green eight to three, allowing only two shots on goal.

Chris Banks (Westborough, Mass.) garnered UNH’s first major chance of the period as he picked up a ball just past midfield and drove it deep into the right flank and fired a shot just shy of the box, but hit the top of the goalpost in the 68th minute.

The ‘Cats would have one last chance to drive the ball home, as Sean Coleman (Stratham, N.H.) serviced a ball off a corner kick into the box at the near post to Roche who headed the ball but missed just to the right of the net.

Banks and Roche led the ‘Cats with three shots apiece in the game. Daniel Keat, Lucky Mkosana and Andrew Olsen lead the Big Green with three shots each.

UNH, the America East regular-season champion, return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 11, when they host the winner of Saturday’s America East conference tournament quarterfinal matchup between UMBC and Binghamton. Game time is set for noon.

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