UNH takes on ailing UMass Lowell Riverhawks
Published: Friday, October 4, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 4, 2013 02:10
Coming into the University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team’s ninth game of the season, its record stands at 5-3. The team will be going up against a dismal, struggling UMass Lowell team who’s record explains itself at 2-8.
The interesting two teams will collide this coming Saturday at 1 p.m. in a struggle to win. The teams will meet at Cushing Field in Lowell looking to put a one in the win column. New Hampshire will be going into its fourth away game of the season looking for its first on the road victory, while Lowell will look to win its first home game of the season.
Also, this game will mark the first conference game of the season for both teams. A win for either of these teams would be a great momentum builder for conference play, especially after both coming off a loss. The River Hawks are coming off a 3-1 loss to Hartwick College, where the defense was nowhere to be found, while the Wildcats are coming off a tough-competitive 1-0 loss to Hofstra, where the offense was inches away from scoring.
Junior forward, Homero Morais will be the bread and butter for the UML offense who leads the team in points with 12, four goals, four assists and 42 shots.
Ten different players on the UNH roster have at least one point on the season with sophomore forward Jesus Tudela leading in points with six, and two goals. The Wildcats offense has depth, and will be an advantage going into the game without having to rely on a particular player to carry the weight on offense.
Defense will also be a huge factor in the game for the Wildcats who have given up just five goals over the course of eight games versus a Riverhawks team that has allowed 22 goals in 10 games.
The key to success for the Wildcats in this game is simply to score goals. The team’s defense is consistently strong on a regular basis, while the offense is still in the midst of trying to mesh. If the offense can find ways to score, then the game will be in the hands of UNH.
Kickoff in Lowell is at 1 p.m. on Saturday.