MEN’S SOCCER SINKS ALBANY, 1-0

ALBANY, N.Y. - After battling through nearly two scoreless halves of play, senior forward Chris Banks (Westborough), netted his fourth goal in the last five games, propelling the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team to its fifth straight win, defeating the University at Albany, 1-0, Wednesday afternoon at Varsity Field.

The Wildcats improve to 8-5-1 and 5-0-0 in America East play, while the Great Danes fall to 0-11-3 and 0-4-1 against conference opponents. With the win, the Wildcats earn their sixth win in the last seven games and stay undefeated in conference play.

After a deadlocked first half, the Wildcats and Great Danes traded blows shot for shot in the early going of the second half. The ‘Cats tallied the first two shots in the half both missing the net. The Great Danes would retaliate by peppering Colin O'Donnell (Springfield, Mass.) with six shots in the next thirty minutes of play, all of which were turned away by O'Donnell and the UNH defense.

During that stretch, the Wildcats would tally a pair of shots, the later by Banks who fired a shot at Albany goalkeeper Adrian Foncette in the 73rd minute but was turned away.  

Five minutes later, Banks would have another chance at striking the back of the net and wouldn't pass up the opportunity as he fired a shot from the top the box over the stretching hands of Foncette and into the back of the net. Alex Russell (Harisburg, Pa.) was credited with the assist on the play.

The Great Danes responded to the goal tallying a pair of shots in the last ten minutes of play the first from Anthony DeSalvo and second from Ian Peach, but were turned away in each attempt by O'Donnell. The junior goalkeeper finished the day with seven saves and has now amassed five shutouts on the season. Albany goalkeeper Foncette compiled six saves for the Great Danes.

Albany tallied 23 shots in the game, while New Hampshire notched 13 of its own. Banks led the Wildcats with four shots, while Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) tallied three and Sean Coleman (Stratham, N.H.) notched two. As for the Great Danes, Bo Jelovac tallied five shots and Rikkert Pilaar notched four shots in the match.

The Wildcats return to action on Saturday, Oct. 24 when they play host to the Stony Brook Seawolves, at 1 p.m. at Lewis Fields.

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