UMass Snaps Skid With 1-1 Tie At New Hampshire
Sept. 15, 2012
DURHAM, N.H. - Brett Canepa scored with four seconds left in regulation and help the Massachusetts men's soccer team snap a two-game losing streak with a 1-1 tie at New Hampshire on Saturday night.
UMass (2-2-2) appeared headed towards its third-consecutive one-goal setback before a flurry of pressure in the final minutes gave the Minutemen momentum.
With the final ten seconds of regulation being counted down, senior defender Hellah Sidibe sent a ball from midfield into the box where it was punched out by UNH keeper Travis Worra. That's when Canepa found the ball at his feet with open space just outside the 18-yard box and quickly flipped it over the back line and into the goal. It was his first score of the year.
The Minutemen kept the pressure on in the extra sessions. Canepa, who finished with a game-high six shots and four on goal, headed one on goal that Worra saved. Earlier in the match, the junior forward came out in the second half and put a hard line-drive attempt into the left side of the goal only to see Worra make a diving, one-handed stab to keep the ball out. The Wildcats' goalie finished with seven saves.
UNH (3-2-2) scored the first goal in the 39th minute when Jordan Thomas beat Brian Frame on a penalty shot. Other than that scenario, Frame stopped all three live balls sent his way.
UMass held a 10-9 edge in shots, including an 8-4 margin in shots on goal. UNH was awarded seven corner kicks to UMass' two.
UMass will conclude its four-game road trip on Wednesday afternoon when it heads west to Loudonville, N.Y. to face Siena (2-4). Kickoff at the Siena Turf Field is set for 3 p.m.