WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team held the University of Hartford scoreless for more than 45 minutes of play, but a late first half goal by the Hawks proved to be enough to claim victory, as the Wildcats fell to the Hawks, 1-0, at Al-Marzook Field on Saturday evening.
With the loss the Wildcats drop to 5-3-4 overall and 0-2-2 in America East play on the season. As for the Hawks, they improve to 4-7-0 overall and 2-2-0 in conference action.
The Wildcats had a chance to jump on the board about ten minutes prior, when Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.) received a through pass from Ryan McNabb (Downingtown, Pa.) for a one-timer, but Hartford goalkeeper Luke Citriniti was able to make a save on the play.
New Hampshire had a prime chance to deliver the equalizer around the 78th minute when Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) dribbled the ball deep into Hartford territory, sliding a wide pass to the left flank over to Thomas, who touched up the pass and was able to get a foot on the ball but it was quickly scooped up by Citriniti.
Hartford outshot UNH 12-5 in the contest, including an 8-3 advantage in the second frame. Jorge Rodriguez, Stamopoulos and Groves led the Hawks with three shots apiece.
O'Donnell finished with a game-high three saves, while Citriniti finished with one save for Hartford.
New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday, Oct. 20 when the Wildcats travel to Holy Cross to take on the Crusaders at Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m.