Vermont men’s soccer ends New Hampshire’s America East title reign

Vermont men’s soccer ends New Hampshire’s America East title reign

DURHAM, N.H. – The first goal the University of Vermont men’s soccer team scored this fall against rival New Hampshire put them in elite company — it was only the third time the powerhouse Wildcats trailed since their undefeated campaign began in August.

When the Catamounts bagged their second against the UNH, now ranked No. 6 in the country — well, UVM joined a class all its own.

This time, Yves Borie broke a scoreless deadlock with a mesmerizing volley in the 68th minute and second-seeded Vermont, as collected and composed as any game this season, made it stick, upsetting host New Hampshire 1-0 in the America East championship on Sunday in front of 5,357 at Wildcat Stadium.

“The first game against them we played a little bit scared. Today our goal was to press them, to play with courage and I think we did it today,” said Borie, the midfielder from Karlsruhe, Germany. “They had no chance against us today. We were better.”

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The result, UVM’s first league crown since 2015, sends the Catamounts (13-4-2) to the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years and 11th overall.

Senior goalie Nate Silveira, the America East goalkeeper of the year, came up with a pair of saves to preserve the shutout — another first against New Hampshire this season — in the teams’ fourth clash since March 12.

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