BOSTON — The good times kept rolling for the UNH men’s soccer team as the Wildcats took apart Harvard 4-0 on a windy afternoon at Jordan Field.
The win improved the Wildcats, ranked 14th nationally in the U.S. Soccer Coaches Poll on Tuesday, to 11-0-2. UNH is one of three unbeaten teams in the country.
“This is a game where if Harvard does well it can put a bright mark on their season, and the longer we kept them in the game the more confident they would get,” UNH coach Marc Hubbard said. “It was good to at least get one in the first half against the wind and use it to our advantage in the second half to bury them.”
Junior Linus Fallberg got the Wildcats on the board in the 20th minute, and UNH dominated the game for the full 90. UNH outshot Harvard 10-0 and drew eight corner kicks to just one for the Crimson. Alejandro Robles posted the shutout for UNH.
Harvard is 0-10-1.
With the wind at their back in the second half, the Wildcats turned up the gas and put the game away. Senior midfielder Antonio Colacci struck with a brace from 20 yards out in the 51st minute, and Fabian Lutz followed with a goal 12 minutes later. Fallberg assisted on Lutz’s goal.
Brandon Garland capped the scoring in the 81st minute.
“Every one of (the attackers) are different and have their own qualities, and it’s good to mix them up and see how they play together,” Colacci said. “Our chemistry together is good. We understand each other.”
The game was New Hampshire’s second straight 4-0 win and fifth straight shutout victory. The Wildcats haven’t surrendered a goal in the last 461:22 of play, a streak dating back to a 3-1 win over Quinnipiac on Sept. 24.
Talent up and down the lineup has helped propel the Wildcats to their current spot in the national conversation. Whether a player is hurt, suspended due to yellow card accumulation, or had a bad week of practice, the team is so deep that there is no quality dropoff when Hubbard goes to his bench.
“There’s a lot of depth in the team,” Hubbard said. “Good players will keep guys that are playing a lot a little more honest in training (practice) so that it raises the level. We have good leadership and it translates into the games. Training’s more fun when you’re winning.”
Last season the Wildcats’ season ended in the opening round of the NCAA tournament in a 1-0 defeat to Colgate. Now, as this season has progressed, the ‘Cats have found ways to score often and put opponents in a hole early.
UNH scored three or more goals just three times all last year. Now, with three games left in the regular season ahead of the America East tournament, the Wildcats have put in three or more four times.
“Any time we can put up four goals back to back that’s going to give us confidence, and keeping a clean sheet is super important,” Hubbard said.”
The Wildcats return to Durham to take on Hartford (8-3-4 overall, 2-1-1 in America East) on Saturday night in a game that will go a long way toward determining who wins the league’s regular season title, something that has eluded the Wildcats.
“We take one game at a time and pay attention to the details whether it’s in film or stuff like that,” Colacci said. “Focusing on that next game. Tomorrow we turn our focus toward Hartford.”