Men's Soccer: Wildcats draw Northeastern in second spring game
The UNH men's soccer team hosted Northeastern on Friday night, playing the Huskies to a 1-1 draw. Ben Ramin scored the only goal for the Wildcats in the 10th minute, while Northeastern's only tally came late in the second half off the foot of Terance Carter.
With the nature of spring games allowing younger players to see the field, head coach Rob Thompson was pleased with effort of his team.
"[Spring games] give guys a chance to play that haven't yet," Thompson said. "Those guys can get confidence, they can make mistakes, learn from them, because when the fall comes, that's not the way it is.
"We don't play everyone [in the fall]... the best thing for me is that we have guys in there that get more time than they ever have, so I'm happy with the fact that they got some games. You can't learn everything from just practice."
UNH's goal came on a corner kick attempt early in the first frame. Kyle Andino led a rush for the Wildcats into the Northeastern box, which was cleared out the back line by the Husky backer. The ensuing corner kick curled into the box and the initial stop was made by Dylan Faber. Faber couldn't control the rebound and Ramin punched the ball into the net.
Following the goal, Northeastern tried to adopt an aggressive passing style, forcing the ball into the middle of the UNH defense. Carter and fellow forward Donovan Fayd'Herbe de Maudave relied on their speed to create plays but couldn't find an opening.
With fewer than ten minutes to play in the first half, UNH's Steve Palumbo challenged a loose ball against a Northeastern midfielder. The two collided, and Palumbo stayed on the ground for a few minutes until being helped off the field by trainers.
"[Palumbo] stays down and you're worried, but he walked off [the field]," Thompson said. "I don't know [the extent of the injury]."
The second half was slowed by the rain, with both teams misplaying passes and losing control of the ball along the sidelines.
Northeastern's game-tying goal came late in the second half, after a questionable call on a UNH midfielder. Northeastern was awarded a free kick and Carter was able to receive the cross in the box, putting it past goalkeeper Giovani Riello.
"We're the most disciplined team in the nation and they scored off of these 'fouls,'" Thompson said. "I'm not happy about that, but I did like our overall effort.
"[Set pieces] are a big strength of our team, always. The good news is we don't work on corners and [free kicks] in the spring, because when the fall comes we try to work on that stuff. We scored on a long throw without really working on it, so I'm happy about that and delivery on corners was good."
UNH will return to action on April 13 when they take on Franklin Pierce College at Cowell Stadium. The 'Cats will then travel to UMass to take on the Minutemen on April 26, and finish the spring season at home against Dartmouth.
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