DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team continued its unbeaten spring season streak with a hard fought 3-0 victory over 2007 NCAA Division-I tournament participant Dartmouth College, Saturday, April 12 on Bremner Field.
    Both teams tested each other early on but it was the Wildcats who looked the likelier to break through, as both Dylan George (Bangor, Maine) and Kyle Urso (Lombard, Ill.) raced onto through balls. Urso was a constant threat down the right flank, using his pace to good effect.
    Scott Rowling (Richboro, Pa.) was impressive in his favored holding midfield role snapping at the heels of the Dartmouth midfielders, and after a period of sustained pressure UNH got on the board during the 16th minute. A corner by Dan Cripe (Raymond, N.H.) fell to Chris Banks (Westborough, Mass.), whose deft touch and volley took a deflection to beat the Dartmouth goalkeeper to the right.
    Dartmouth was always a danger on the counter attack and twice had to be thwarted by good defending by Richie Weinrebe (East Providence, R.I.) and Joe Annese (Attleboro, Ma). Annese was handling the demands of the centre back role with confidence and showed good vision to play Urso in down the flank. The industrious Urso’s good work resulted in a free-kick in the 22nd minute. Urso’s free-kick was mishandled by the Dartmouth goalkeeper and fell fortuitously to A.J. Dubois (Ackworth, N.H.) who tapped in to make it 2-0.
Right before halftime, an uncharacteristic mistake by senior John Bergqvist (Hollviken, Sweden) allowed the Dartmouth attack in on goal, but Tunde Ogunbiyi (Gwynedd, Pa.) was equal to the task, stopping the attack with a quick reflex save.
    The introduction of Patrick Gay (North Stonington, Conn.) into the midfield for the second half, allowed Rowling and Dubois more room to operate, however it was the energy of Cripe and Joey Barima (Essex, England) on the flanks that caused Dartmouth the most consternation. In the 56th minute, Cripe tracked and dispossessed his man before slipping the ball to Dubois. Dubois slotted the ball past the Dartmouth goalkeeper from 20-yards out.
    Colin O’Donnell (Springfield, Mass.), in goal for the second half, had to be alert as Dartmouth’s pace continued to stretch the UNH backline.  O’Donnell shared UNH’s fourth consecutive shutout this spring.
    The Wildcats return to action on Friday night in a rescheduled match-up with NCAA D-I tournament quarter-finalist Notre Dame. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Cowell Stadium. The Fighting Irish finished the 2007 season No. 6 in the NSCAA National Rankings.
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