DURHAM, N.H. - The UNH men's soccer team used one of its best defensive efforts of the season to hold off the Northeastern Huskies, 1-0, Wednesday afternoon at Lewis Field.
The Wildcat defense held Northeastern (2-6-4, 1-1-3 America East) to four shots as the action was kept on the Husky side of the field for most of the game. UNH goaltender Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) needed to make only one save in picking up his third shutout of the season.
UNH (4-2-5, 3-0-2 America East) got all the offense it needed midway through the second half, after Northeastern committed one of its 25 fouls in the game. Tyler Jackson (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) bounced the free kick off the Husky defensive wall. The ball came right back to Jackson, who shot it past Northeastern goalie Sergio Saccoccio for his third goal of the season.
The Wildcats could have jumped on the board early in the first half, as they took the attack right to the Huskies. Sophomore Ross Fishbain (Racine, Wis./Racing Horlick) had a couple of chances in the first few minutes, and a header by Geoff Sanford (Johnson City, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) nearly found the back of the net.
With all America East teams playing one conference match this week, the Wildcats are guaranteed of remaining in the lead in the conference, now with 11 points in conference matches. New Hampshire will step out of conference on Saturday, traveling to face Quinnipiac at 3 p.m.