DURHAM, N.H. — Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) punched in a pair of goals to lead the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team to a 3-0 victory over Binghamton University Saturday afternoon at Bremner Field.
The win moves UNH to 5-6 overall and 1-1 in America East play, while Binghamton drops to 4-7 and 0-2 in conference action.
It is the first time Palumbo has scored multiple goals in a game in his career and also the first time a Wildcat has achieved this feat since Dylan George scored two goals against Binghamton on Oct. 28, 2009. The midfielder currently ranks second on the squad with seven points on three goals and one assist.
UNH got on the board early when Steven Palumbo tallied his first goal of the afternoon in the 35th minute of the first half to put the home team up 1-0. Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) ignited the play when he played a ball to Ugochukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) on the right side and he sent a pass to Steven Palumbo in the box, finishing the play with a shot that found the back right corner of the goal at 34:11.
About a minute later the Wildcats were at it again when Ryan McNamara (West Nyack, N.Y.) tallied his first collegiate goal in the 36th minute. McNamara found the back of the net after collecting a rebounded shot by Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.), striking the back of the net at 35:26, putting UNH ahead 2-0. Hilton was credited with an assist on the play.
It didn't take long for New Hampshire to strike again, as Steven Palumbo notched his second goal of the afternoon to put the Wildcats up 3-0. Robert Palumbo set up the goal, sending a pass to Steven Palumbo just outside the top of the box and he punched in a score that laced the net at 36:43.
Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) earned his fourth shutout of the season in the win, finishing with three saves. The Wildcats have shut out their opponent in four of the last six games.
New Hampshire outshot Binghamton 21-6 in the contest, a mark that stands as its highest shot total of the season. UNH has posted double-digit shots in seven of the last eight games. Robert Palumbo and Hilton led the Wildcats with four shots apiece.
The 'Cats also held the edge in corner kicks with an 8-6 edge, including a 6-3 advantage in the second frame.
The Wildcats are back in action Tuesday, Oct. 11 (3 p.m.) when they take on Hartford University at Lewis Fields.