'Cats shutout by Marist

By Robert Wilson
On September 17, 2013

The University of New Hampshire men's soccer squad fell by a score of 2-0 to Marist Saturday night at Tenney Stadium. The team falls to 3-2 on the year while Marist improves to 1-4 overall. 

UNH head coach Rob Thompson said the game was closer than what the score indicates.

"The game was good. We maintained high tempo, which we liked," Thompson said. "Didn't give away a lot of chances, and I thought we did well; just didn't get a goal."

Sophomore Andrew Chaput took a hold of the first offensive attempt of the game after receiving a corner kick from freshman Christopher Wingate. Chaput blasted a shot that went just wide of the net, and was the closest they would get for the rest of the game. Marist goaltender Anthony Solkaski played on his head as he shut down the steady 'Cats offense, making eight saves.

Marist broke the stalemate in the 66th minute on a goal by Steven Arraiano. Myles Ashong played the ball to Arraiano in the box, who in turn found the back of the net on the lower left side outside of UNH rookie goalie Giovani Riello's reach. 

The Red Foxes struck again in the 73rd minute when Nick Bramall scored on a free kick to secure the 2-0 victory. The controversial foul occurred nearly 35 yards out and Bramall flung in into the net from the spot of the foul.

"It was a fluky goal. I felt it wasn't a good call on the referee's part, but it's a part of the game," Thompson said. "We as a team just need to deal with adversity better, whether it's with calls, defending free kicks or defending crosses."

Thompson also pointed out the lack of maturity on the field during the game.

"Lukas, A.J. and a few others were getting upset during the course of the game, it dragged us down," Thompson said. "Discipline and maturity was something we lacked in the game."

On the bright side of the loss, Thompson felt that the team has played well over the course of their first five games of the season.

"In the five games we played, they all had a conference feel to them. We played five good teams," Thompson said. "Every game is winnable, and every game is losable. Whether it's one goal or one mistake, it can cost you the game."

New Hampshire will play at home for the first time in 2013 as they host Rhode Island Wednesday, Sept. 18. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. 

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