DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team played to a 0-0 draw against Niagara in its first of two games at the Smith Barney Classic in Burlington, Vermont. The draw puts the Wildcats at 2-2-1 on the season while the Purple Eagles sit at 3-0-2.
New Hampshire started the game with a very productive offense, firing off seven shots, four of which were on net. Niagara took a pair of shots in the half, both of which were turned away by keeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.). Each squad had one corner kick in the period.
In the second half, each team kept the offensive pressure coming. The Purple Eagles held the edge in shots after surging with 10, three of which were on target. The Wildcats were equally productive in the shots on goal category after taking a total of eight in the half. At the end of regulation, both keepers held a clean score sheet, sending the match into overtime.
With an additional two 10-minute periods, both squads kept testing the other, trying to break into the goal column. However, at the end of the game, the score was deadlocked at 1-1.
Worra blocked all six shots he faced on the day while Niagara took a total of 15. The Wildcats rifled 16 total shots, eight of which were on target. However, Brett Petricek turned away all eight attempts. Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) took a game high five shots, two of which were on net while Clint Caso (Kinnelon, N.J.) notched four shots with three on goal. Ken Cooper and Bryan Da Cruz both tallied three shots, each sending one on net.
The Wildcats will be back in action on Sunday when they wrap up play at Smith Barney Classic in a match against Central Connecticut. The game is slated for 11 a.m.