KINGSTON, R.I. – The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team fell in overtime to the University of Rhode Island, 4-3. The loss levels the Wildcats at 3-3-2 while the Rams improve to 1-4-2 on the season. Angel Maldonado (Lennox, Calif.), Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.) and David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) tallied a goal each in the match for New Hampshire.
Rhode Island opened up the game with a goal by Brett Uttley in the 10th minute of play. Uttley scored when he took a shot from the left side of the box and squeezed it in next to the near post. Mike Casey added to the Rams' lead in the 17th minute when he fired a shot from outside the box and hit the back of the net in the lower right corner. The shot total through the first half was nearly even with Rhode Island edging New Hampshire 7-6.
The Wildcats poured on the offense in the second half, leading to their first goal of the game in the 55th minute. Roche notched the tally when he connected with a set-piece play from Clint Caso (Kinnelon, N.J.) and put the ball away to the right side of the net. New Hampshire tied the game in the 75th minute when Maldonado found a rebound and notched his second goal of the season. With under seven minute remaining in regulation, Schlatter notched his second goal of the season and third of the game for the Wildcats to give them the lead. Schlatter drew Rhode Island goalie Thomas Spenser off his line and beat him to score the goal. With six seconds remaining in the game, Casey tied the game for the Rams to send the match into overtime. The goal came off a cross from Robby Gargaro near the six-yard mark. In the half, New Hampshire tallied 15 shots, eight of which were on target.
In the 103rd minute of play, Matt Ribbens tallied the golden goal needed for the Rams to secure the win. Oscar Soons played the ball to Ribbens who made his way down the field and to the goal. At the end of the match, the score was finalized at 4-3, Rhode Island.
New Hampshire outshot Rhode Island by a total of 22-13 overall and 13-7 in shots-on-goal. Caso paced the Wildcat offense with six shots while Paul Bianchi (Essex, Vt.) and Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) each tallied four. Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) received his first loss of the season after making three saves on seven shots faced. Spenser played the bulk of the game in net for Rhode Island, however it was Adam Blanchard that received the decision after not allowing a goal in and playing to the end of the match. Spenser made eight saves while Blanchard made one.
The Wildcats return to action when they host Adelphi Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. The game will be played at Cowell Stadium.