DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team returns to action Wednesday night when it faces No. 25 Dartmouth College on Wednesday night in a 7:00 pm game at Bremner Field. The game is the first night home game in the history of UNH men's soccer, and it also marks the first time the Wildcats and Big Green have met on the pitch since the 1999 season.
New Hampshire (5-3-0) is ranked sixth in New England this week after dropping its only game last week, a 1-0 home loss to Massachusetts. Tyler Jackson (Amherst, N.H.) and Brett Wyman (Durham, N.H.) have paced the Wildcat offense, with each recording two goals and three assists for seven points. Brendan Hankard (Glastonbury, Conn.) has anchored a defense that has allowed just nine goals in eight games, while Mike Vignola (Hudson, N.H.) and Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) have split time in goal, with Vignola recording three shutouts in his four starts.
Dartmouth (4-0-2) is coming off a 6-0 win over St. Bonaventure at home on Sunday. The Big Green have outscored their opponents 15-5 and are ranked No. 2 in New England this week in addition to their No. 25 national ranking. Rob Daly (7-0-14) and Mark Limpert (4-0-8) have accounted for the majority of Dartmouth's goal scoring, while Damien Quinn and Matt LaBarre each have three assists.
Dartmouth won the last meeting 2-0 in 1999, but UNH took wins in 1997 and 1998, both times defeating its Granite State rival while the Big Green were nationally ranked. The Wildcats posted a 1-0 win over No. 12 Dartmouth in 1997 and followed that up with a 2-1 overtime triumph over the No. 22 Big Green in Manchester in 1998.