September 19, 2009

MEN'S SOCCER EDGES COLGATE, 2-1

DURHAM, N.H. - Senior Joe Annese (Attleboro, Mass.) and sophomore Sean Coleman (Stratham, N.H.) each scored goals to lead the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team to a 2-1 win against Colgate University on Saturday evening at Bremner Field.

The Wildcats improve to 2-3-1 on the season, while the Raiders drop to 4-2-0.

The ‘Cats seized a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute when Coleman took advantage of Colgate's sloppy play in its own defensive end. After the UNH forwards charged hard to pressure the ball on the right side, the Raiders played it backward and eventually tried to get it across the field to goalkeeper Chris Miller. The pass back was deflected, however, with Coleman chasing down the loose ball by the left post and beating a Colgate defender before knocking the ball around Miller and into the right side of the net.

After senior Chris Banks (Westborough, Mass.) had his penalty shot stopped by a diving Miller in the 28th minute, the Wildcats capitalized on a later penalty shot in the 39th minute. Freshman Gustav Nilsson (Pixbo, Sweden) was tripped up in the box, which led to to Annese taking the penalty shot. Annese easily put the ball in the back of the net for his first collegiate goal.

The Raiders came out in the second half looking to get back into the game. In the 59th minute, Mike Reidy lined up a blast from 30 yards out in the middle of the field that snuck under the crossbar, over leaping UNH goalkeeper Colin O'Donnell (Springfield, Mass.) and into the right corner of the net to cut the Wildcats' lead in half.

Colgate controlled a solid amount of the second half, but could not muster any more offense and O'Donnell and the UNH defense held the Raiders at bay. O'Donnell made five saves for the Wildcats, while Miller stopped nine shots for Colgate.

O'Donnell made a great save in the 32nd minute when Alex Weekes fired a low shot from inside the box and forced the keeper to sprawl out to his right and make the stop.

In a physical, and at times, chippy match that saw each team pick up a pair of yellow cards, the shots were even at 16 apiece, while Colgate held a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.

The Wildcats return to action Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. when they play host to Harvard at Lewis Fields.

 

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