PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Junior Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) lifted the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory in double-overtime Sunday night at the University of Pennsylvania. The win improves the 'Cats to 2-2-0 on the year while the Quakers fall to 0-2-0.
The offense was equally productive for both teams in the first half as each registered four tallies in the shot column. UNH keeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) stopped all three that were on net as Quaker goalie Tyler Kinn made a save on the one shot on goal.
David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) struck first for the Wildcats in the 50th minute of play. He scored when Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.) sent a free-kick into the box, connecting with Schlatter who put it in the net via a header. Penn tied the game at 1-1 in the 72nd minute when Travis Dolezal scored after redirecting a throw in. Mariano Gonzalez took the throw in, garnering the assist on the play.
Despite solid play from both sides, the game remained deadlocked until the 109th minute of play when Palumbo knocked in the game winner. The play started with Paul Bianchi (Essex, Vt.) sending a pass from the right wing to Angel Maldonado (Lennox, Calif.). Maldonado then deflected the pass to Palumbo who fired his shot into the net on the right side.
Worra ended the day making a total of five saves, including one in the second period of overtime. Kinn made three saves on the five shots that he faced, tallying one in the first half and two in the second. New Hampshire outshot Penn by a total of 13-11. Palumbo paced the Wildcat offense with a trio of shots while Quaker Stephen Baker notched a game-high five shots, four of which were on target.
The Wildcats return to action Friday Sept. 7 when they travel to the Smith Barney Classic in Vermont to take on Niagara in a neutral site game. Kickoff is slated for 1:30 p.m.