Towson, Md. - Third-seeded Towson University scored twice in the first half, then held on to post a 2-0 shutout victory over the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team in first round action of the America East Championships Wednesday afternoon at Towson Center Field.
Towson (13-4-1) moves on to play No. 2 Hartford in Saturday's semifinal. UNH, making its first postseason appearance since 1994, dropped to 0-8 lifetime against the Tigers and concludes its season at 7-8-3.
The Wildcats kept Towson's top two scorers - Alfonso DeMares and Machel Millwood - off the scoreboard and outshot the Tigers, 18-16, but Towson took advantage of an 8-3 corner kick advantage and got timely scoring elsewhere in earning the victory.
Towson scored its first goal of the match on a corner kick when Steve Hoeck headed a Todd Lauber cross past UNH goalkeeper Chad Green (Canyon, Texas) at 14:27. Green got a hand on the shot but couldn't prevent it from sneaking inside the near post. The Tigers made it 2-0 converted off a long throw from Kevin Corradini at 37:19.
Towson nearly made it a three-goal advantage midway through the second half on a Lauber chance from the top of the box. his shot, however, hit the crossbar and was cleared by Micholas Mello (Rehoboth, Mass.) on the goal line.
UNH mounted an offensive charge late in the second half, peppering Towson goaltender Chris Hurley with seven shots in the final 10 minutes, but couldn't break through. Sophomore Brendan Hankard (Glastonbury, Conn.) led the Wildcats with seven shots on net.
Green, making just the third start in goal of his UNH career, finished with five saves for the Wildcats. Hurley stopped four shots in earning the victory.