Albany, N.Y. - Nicholas Mello's (Rehoboth, Mass.) goal in the 39th minute lifted the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Albany Thursday afternoon at Varsity Field. The win, which keeps UNH's chances at a bid to the America East Men's Soccer Championship alive, improves the Wildcats to 8-8-0 overall and 3-5-0 in conference play, while the Great Danes fall to 5-9-2 overall and 2-5-1 in America East play.
Ross Fishbain (Racine, Wis.) set up Mello's goal by delivering a crossing pass into the middle of the box. Mello got a head on the ball and deposited it into the middle of the goal for his fourth goal of the season and his second game-winner.
Freshman Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) turned away five Great Dane shots to record his first career shutout. Albany keeper Bouna Coundol made three saves.
Thursday's win kept UNH's hopes for a berth in the six team America East Men's Soccer Championship alive. The Wildcats enter Saturday's regular season finale at home against Binghamton (Lewis Field, 1:00 pm) in a seventh place tie with Maine with nine points. Sixth place Vermont enters Saturday's action with 11 points, and a UNH win coupled with a Vermont loss to Stony Brook would give UNH a tourney berth.
Should UNH win and Vermont tie the Seawolves on Saturday, the Wildcats would need a Maine win over UMBC to force a three-way tie, as UNH would win the three-way tiebreaker. Vermont would win a two-way tie with UNH by virtue of its 1-0 win over New Hampshire earlier in the season. A Vermont win would assure the Catamounts of a tourney berth.