DURHAM, N.H. - The Stony Brook Seawolves took advantage of two defensive lapses by the University of New Hampshire on their way to a 2-0 victory Saturday afternoon in America East men's soccer action at Bremner Field.
In the midst of continuous rain, which was heavy at times, both teams took some time to get used to the conditions of the field and the game balls in use. Stony Brook outshot UNH in the first half, 8-6, and earned four corner kicks while the Wildcats notched two corner kicks.
The Wildcats controlled the action early in the second half, earning a couple of corner kicks, but could not convert on any of those chances. On a Stony Brook counterattack, Tamer Mohamed passed the ball to Chris Megaloudis, who then sent a pass to Michael Palacio. Palacio sent in a shot from 35 yards out, but UNH goalie Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and the Wildcat defense reacted late to the shot, and the ball found its way into the lower left corner of the net for Palacio's fifth goal of the season.
UNH increased its pressure after the Seawolves goal, bringing more forwards into the match and taking more chances by pressing the midfielders and defenders forward. One of the best chances for the Wildcats came when Mike McKee (Newtown, Pa.) found Adam Marcellus (Malvern, Pa.) in the middle of the field. Marcellus sent the ball towards Kyle Urso (Lombard, Ill.) at the right post, but Urso sent his shot just wide of the net.
Again, Stony Brook took advantage of a counterattack to earn an insurance goal. With a minute left in the match, Palacio and Chris Scarpati ended up on a two-on-one breakaway, with Palacio finding Scarpati close to the net and Scarpati chipping the ball from five yards out past Levey for his fifth goal of the season.
Stony Brook (7-2-3, 2-0-1 America East) received a solid match from goalie EJ Xikis, who made four saves in picking up his third shutout of the season. Levey made four saves for the Wildcats. Matt Shump (Durham, N.H.) and Derek Bragg (Downingtown, Pa.) led UNH with two shots each.
New Hampshire (7-3-2, 0-3-1 America East) will look to get back on the winning track Tuesday, October 11, against Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., beginning at 3 p.m. The next home match for the Wildcats is next Saturday, October 15, against Binghamton University at 7 p.m. at Bremner Field.