RINDGE, N.H. — Second-ranked Franklin Pierce played to a 1-1 draw with New Haven on Saturday night at Sodexo Field. The Ravens had their 10-match winning streak snapped and moved to 10-0-1 on the season, while also moving to 6-0-1 in the Northeast-10. The Chargers moved to 1-7-3 on the season and 0-6-1 in league play.
Franklin Pierce got on the board first in the second minute off an impressive individual effort from senior midfielder Diego Tabares. Tabares started the play by intercepting a pass near the midfield stripe, dribbled down the left side and launched a shot that beat the UNH goalkeeper to the lower left corner of the net. It was Tabares’ team-leading sixth goal of the season and his fifth in the past four matches. Also during that stretch he has compiled 11 points.
The game settled into a midfield battle over the next 27 minutes before New Haven finally broke through with a tally in the 29th minute when Joseph D’Antonio took a pass from Clancy Purcell and headed in a goal to knot the score at 1-1.
The second half of play settled into a battle near the midfield stripe as neither side could muster many quality scoring opportunities.
Franklin Pierce did pick up the offensive intensity during the final minutes of regulation and in both overtimes, but could not get anything past UNH keeper J.J. Comeau. The Ravens eventually outshot the Chargers 17-5 including putting five shots on goal. Comeau made four saves to run his record to 0-6-2 on the season. His counterpart, Franklin Pierce goalie Vinny Papageorgiou made one save to move his record to 10-0-1 on the campaign.