Durahm, N.H.— UMBC men's soccer fell to the New Hampshire Wildcats, 3-0 on Friday night. The Wildcats scored twice in the first half, and added a tally in the second half to drop UMBC to 4-2-3, 0-1-0 AE on the year. The loss snaps the Retrievers six game unbeaten streak.
UNH (9-1-0, 1-0-0 AE) controlled play early, garnering most of the possession in the early going. The Wildcats got on the board with a goal from Chris Arling in the 23rd minute after a corner kick. Alex Valencia added a goal right before half to give the hosts a 2-0 lead.
The best chance of the half came from freshman Tre Pulliam (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) who had his shot saved by Wildcat keeper Andrew Pesci, as the Retrievers were outshot 9-4 in the opening 45 minutes.
UMBC came out strong in the second half, as Pulliam had a shot on goal that was saved by Pesci.
New Hampshire scored their third goal of the game in the 76th minute, as Juan Velazquez beat UMBC keeper Billy Heavner (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) to make it a 3-0 advantage.
The Wildcats held a 14-5 advantage in shots, as well as a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. Heavner made one save in net for UMBC, as Pulliam led the way with two shots.
UMBC men's soccer returns to action on Saturday, October 8 against #19 UMass Lowell. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. on homecoming weekend at UMBC.