LOWELL, Mass. - The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team played to a pair of draws in games this past Saturday held at UMass-Lowell. The Wildcats battled to a 1-1 tie with the host River Hawks then played to the same score against the New Hampshire Phantoms.
Against UML, the 'Cats got on the board first when Brett Wyman (Durham, N.H.) scored on a curling free kick that went around the River Hawk wall and found the right corner of the goal. Lowell would tie the game up on a free kick of its own, when a UML player served the kick into the box and a header beat UNH keeper Nate Tupper (New Boston, N.H.)
In the second game against the Phantoms, New Hampshire's USL Division III professional team, UNH fell behind as the Phantoms scored at the six minute mark with a shot that found the right corner of the goal.
In the second half, Josh Hareld (North Kingstown, R.I.) knotted the game at 1 after he headed in a rebound. The rebound came when Tyler Jackson (Amherst, N.H.) directed a free kick over the wall and towards the net. Nicola Chicco (Claymont, Del.) had two prime chances to give UNH the lead, on a penalty kick and a breakaway, but both times was stopped by the Phantom keeper.
UNH hosts exhibition action this Sunday (4/21) at Lewis Fields. The 'Cats face Dartmouth at 10:30 a.m. and Dartmouth at 1 p.m. In between, the Eagles and Big Green will face each other at 11:45.