DURHAM, N.H- The Dartmouth men's soccer team fell, 3-0, to in-state rival New Hampshire in its final non-conference game of the 2011 season on Tuesday (Nov. 1) at UNH's Bremmer Field. The loss moves the Big Green to 4-2-2 in non-conference action this season.
Stefan Defregger (Gilford, N.H.) and Andoni Georgiou (London, England) led the Dartmouth (7-5-3, 3-1-1 Ivy league) with two shots each. Sean Donovan (Burr Ridge, Ill.) and Kevin O'Brien (Canton, Mass.) split time in goal for the Big Green. Donovan made three saves in 73:49 minutes of action while O'Brien made two saves in 15:31 minutes in net. Both goalkeepers were making their first appearances this season.
Entering the second half deadlocked at 0-0, the Wildcats got on the scoreboard first in the 63rd minute with a shot into the box that was misplayed by Donovan and landed in the right side of the net. New Hampshire added two more goals in the next 15 minutes to take a 3-0 lead on Dartmouth.
The Big Green had three quality chances in the last 10 minutes of the game to get on the board. Defregger hit a shot in the 81st minute that was saved by UNH goalkeeper, Travis Worra while teammates Eric Jayne (Hanover, N.H.) and Georgiou each posted shots, but were stymied by Worra.
Dartmouth held a 10-9 shots advantage in the contest and took eight corner kicks in the loss.
The Big Green had several opportunities in the opening stanza. Freshman forward Patrick Murray (Lakewood, Ohio) had the first shot of the contest, which was blocked by a New Hampshire defender. From that point the teams battled back-and-forth for the remainder of the contest. New Hampshire had several scoring chances including back -to-back shots forcing goalkeeper Donovan to make several saves.
Dartmouth returns to Burnham Field to close out the home slate with a critical Ivy League match with league leader, Cornell, on Saturday (Nov. 5). Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. The Big Green will also honor the Class of 2012 with a postgame ceremony.