BALTIMORE, Md. – The University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team set a new school record for ties in a season, eight, as they tied, 1-1, at University of Maryland- Baltimore County on Saturday afternoon in double overtime. By virtue of the tie, the Wildcats finish with an America East record of 2-1-5 (5-4-8 overall) and qualifies for the America East tournament for the second consecutive season. The Retrievers finish the regular season with a record of 8-6-4, 3-3-2 in America East, and have also earned a berth in the tournament.
Wildcat goalkeeper Mike Jenne (Vernon, N.Y.) in his last regular game of his career broke a personal record in saves after he turned away eight shots, including one in the first overtime.
After a scoreless first half, UMBC took the lead when Levi Houapeu stole the ball and broke away with it. He netted the ball into the lower right corner of the UNH goal. The Wildcats struck back halfway through the second period at 69:04, thanks to senior Adam Marcellus’ (Malvern, Penn.) goal. Mirroring Houapeu’s goal, Marcellus had a left side breakaway and put it into the lower right corner for his first goal of the season.
Saturday’s tie saw eight Wildcats register shots, including two who had multiple attempts. Sophomore Chris Banks (Westborough, Mass) led the team with five, followed by freshman Corey Diamond (East Brunswick, N.J.) with two, both of which came in the first overtime. While the two teams combined for a total of 24 shots in 110 minutes of play, neither team got a shot off in the second overtime.
Although one more regular season game remains tomorrow between Stony Brook University and the University at Albany, the Wildcats are seeded sixth in the tournament no matter the outcome. The America East regular season standings will be finalized and seedings will be set after tomorrow’s contest.