Men's Soccer Hosts UMass Saturday at Bremner Field (7 p.m.)
DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team will host the University of Massachusetts Saturday, Sept. 15 at Bremner Field at 7 p.m. Links to live video and stats will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats (3-2-1) are coming off a stellar weekend at the Smith Barney Classic held in Burlington, Vermont. There, they went 1-0-1 and did not allow a goal in either contest en route to being crowned as co-champions of the tournament. In the first game against Niagara, the Wildcats and Niagara played to a 0-0 draw in a defensive battle. New Hampshire keeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) notched a season-high six saves in the contest while Niagara goalie Brett Petricek stopped all eight shots UNH sent at him. Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) tallied a game-high five shots, two of which were on target while Clint Caso put three of his four shots on net. In the second contest, New Hampshire secured its third win of the season with a 2-0 victory against Central Connecticut State. Alex Hussein (Haverhill, Mass.) scored his first goal of the season on a header. The play originated with a 35-yard free kick from Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.), finding Hussein who would put it away. The second tally of the game came from freshman midfielder Angel Maldonado (Lennox, Calif.) in the 61st minute of play. Maldonado found the rebound of the shot by Paul Bianchi (Essex, Vt.), securing the second goal of the game.
SCOUTING MASSACHUSETTS: The Minutemen (2-2-1) are coming off a 3-2 loss at Hartford in their most recent contest. Massachusetts' Matt Keys tallied the first goal of the game in the 19th minute of play when he scored a header off a free kick from Dominic Skrajewski. The Hawks notched a pair of goals to take a 2-1 lead until Dan Sangster tied the game in the 76th minute. Brett Canepa and Hellah Sidibe both tallied an assist on the play. Hartford outshot Massachusetts in the game 18-6. UMASS keeper Brian Frame made four saves on the seven shots he faced on net. Josh Schwartz leads the way for Massachusetts with two goals for four points. Connor Devivo is behind him with a goal and assist for three points while Sangster and Keys have two points on a goal each.
ACCOLADES: Worra received the first America East accolade of the season for the Wildcats after being named the America East Co-Player of the week. He tallied a pair of shutouts at the Smith Barney Classic, making 10 saves over the two games. Additionally, Worra was named to the Smith Barney Classic All-Tournament Team along with Palumbo and Thomas.
WHAT A KICK: The Wildcats are averaging 13.2 shots per game through their first six contests. Clint Caso (Kinnelon, N.J.) leads the way in the category with 14 shots. Palumbo is behind him with 12 while Maldonado and David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) have each tallied 10.
SPREADING OUT THE OFFENSE: Eight different members of the squad have registered at least one point this season. Four have notched two points and two others have tallied three points.
UP NEXT FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats will head to the University of Rhode Island on Tuesday (Sept. 18 – 7 p.m.) for a night game.