DURHAM, N.H. — Freshman goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) tallied three saves, earning his third straight shutout, as the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team defeated Hartwick College, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at Bremner Field.
With the win the Wildcats improve to 4-4 on the season and finish first in the 22nd Annual Nike Fall Classic for the third straight year. The Hawks drop to 2-4-2 with the loss and finish second in the tournament. Air Force, who defeated Central Connecticut State, 3-2, in Sunday's earlier match, earned third place, while the Blue Devils placed fourth.
For his impressive performances Worra was selected as the tournament MVP, finishing with five saves on the weekend. Additionally he was named to the All-Tournament team, along with juniors Alex Hussein (Haverhill, Mass.) and Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.) and sophomore Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.).
UNH jumped on the board in the 58th minute when Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) serviced a ball into the box on a free kick that was redirected into the net off the foot of a Hartwick defender for an own goal.
Shortly after the tally, Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) nearly doubled the advantage, tracking down a ball at the right flank and drove it upfield, firing a clear shot from about 20 yards out, but was directed right at Hartwick goalkeeper Tom Buckner in the 30th minute of the second half.
About 20 minutes later New Hampshire nearly scored again when Turner sent a ball into the box on a corner kick and Josh Bronner (Belchertown, Mass.) connected with it, heading it towards the net, but missed wide right.
Hartwick held the edge in shots (11-7) and corner kicks (6-2) in the contest. Hilton and Palumbo led the Wildcats with two shots apiece. Will Broomfield led the Hawks with a game-high three shots.
The Wildcats are back in action when they kick off their conference slate Friday, Sept. 30 against Stony Brook (3:30 p.m.) at Lewis Fields.
|University of New Hampshire 2011 Nike Fall Classic Champions|
22nd ANNUAL NIKE FALL CLASSIC
Team Champion: University of New Hampshire (2-0-0)
MVP: Travis Worra, UNH
New Hampshire: Alex Hussein, Jordan Thomas, Jeffrey Turner, Travis Worra
Hartwick: Tim Crawford, Simon Greatwich, Will Broomfield
Air Force: John Melcher, Kevin Durr
CCSU: Mamoudou Dioubate, Reece Wilson