UMass Soccer Continues Hot Streak
Sept. 27, 2003
DURHAM, N.H. - In a battle of regionally ranked foes, Dan Colwell's (Spencer, Mass.) goal in the 74th minute broke open a scoreless game and propeled the fourth-ranked Minuteman soccer team to a 1-0 victory over No. 3-ranked New Hampshire. The Minutemen, who won their fifth straight game, improved to 6-2-0 with the victory. The win snapped UNH's 14-game home winning streak, which was the sixth-longest streak in NCAA Division I. The Minutemen were the last team to defeat UNH on its home field, back in 2001.
The two teams played a cautious first 45 minutes, as the Wildcats outshot the Minutemen, 9-6. Neither team mounted any serious scoring threat with the goalies taking over. UMass freshman keeper Nick Billman (St. Louis, Mo.) made four first-half saves, as did UNH goalie Brian Levey.
UMass broke through in the 74th minute when Ernie Billittier (Mundelein, Ill.) lobbed a pass to Colwell. Colwell turned and fired from five yards and beat the UNH keeper for a 1-0 advantage. The Wildcats nearly tied it up moments later, when Nicholas Mello fired a shot from 30 yards out, but his shot sailed just over the c rossbar. The Minuteman defense than stiffened up and posted its third shutout of the season with a 1-0 triumph.
Billman recorded six saves for UMass in running his record to 4-0-0. The Minutemen outshot UNH, 19-15, and drew eight corners to the Wildcats' three.
The Minutemen open Atlantic 10 Conference play next weekend when George Washington comes to Amherst on Friday, Oct. 3, for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff at Rudd Field.