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'Cats fall in conference play
By Chris Outcalt
Monday, October 25, 2004
Maybe it was the early morning game time, maybe it was the brisk winds on Lewis Field, but whatever it was it caused the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team to drop their first conference game of the season, ending their six match conference unbeaten streak.
The 2-0 loss to Boston University drops the Wildcats to fourth in the conference, one point behind Albany, whom they will face at home next Saturday.
This contest for first place started off slow, with the first goal of the game coming late in the first half for BU.
With just over nine minutes remaining in the half, Roland Erlichman managed a shot on net, which was blocked by UNH goalie Brian Levey. Unfortunately, Levey was not able to secure the ball in his hands, giving up the rebound to Jamie Johnson. Johnson easily played to the ball into the right side of the net.
UNH also had their chances in the first half, but were just not able to convert. A BU foul in the 25th minute gave senior captain Tyler Jackson a chance to create something for the Wildcats. Jackson, who has been great off restarts all year, lofted the ball into the box, just beyond heading specialist Logan Lee. BU goalie Chad Comroe scooped up the ball ending the play.
The Wildcats had another goal scoring chance just minutes later when sophomore midfielder Geoff Sanford played a great ball from the middle of the field out wide to Ross Fishbain. Fishbain was able to beat his man and the goalie to the ball just in time to get a shot off, only to see it hit the right post.
Despite being down 1-0 at the first half UNH came out aggressively in the second half, applying pressure and containing the ball to the BU side much of the second half. The Wildcats earned six corners in the second half alone.
However, their hopes of a win or tie were all but crushed when the Terriers tallied their second goal in the 82nd minute.
Steven Gahl played the initial ball to his teammate Erlichman. Erlichman was able to feed a pass through the commotion in front of the net to Federico Bianchi. When Bianchi received the pass he was able to easily beat the outstretched hands of Levey.
Regardless of the 2-0 deficit, UNH continued to play hard throughout the remaining minutes of the match. Senior Logan Lee nearly made it a one-goal game with just over a minute left in the game.
Freshmen Mike Davis played a great header towards the net forcing Comroe to make a diving stop. Lee controlled the rebound and sent a shot right on net. Comroe manage to recover from the initial header quickly enough to also save the shot from Lee.
UNH has its final non-conference match of the season this Tuesday afternoon against in state rival Dartmouth. The final home match for the Wildcats is Saturday at 2 p.m. against Albany. A win would clinch a playoff birth for New Hampshire.
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