Palumbo Lifts Men's Soccer over Adelphi in Overtime, 2-1
DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) tallied his second goal of the season in overtime to lift New Hampshire over Adelphi Wednesday afternoon, 2-1. The win improves the Wildcats to 4-3-2 on the year while Adelphi falls to 1-8-0 on the season.
The Panthers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the seventh minute of play when Nicholas Costa found a bouncing ball in the box and put it away with a quick turn and finish. Steve Rivera sent the ball to Costa to set up the play. The Wildcats were quick to respond with a goal of their own when Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.) put away his second goal of the season. Roche found the rebound of Chris Wild's (South Berwick, Maine) initial shot and put the ball past Adelphi keeper Ahmad Salamah on the left side. Offense was deadlocked between the two teams at four shots in the half.
New Hampshire set a high tempo on offense in the second half, rifling off 10 shots. One of those shots included Palumbo nearly notching the second goal of the game. The midfielder sent a curving shot to the right side of the net with 13:34 remaining in the half, however the ball hit the post and bounced away from the goal. On the next play, Ugochukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) went for a diving header on a free kick but put it just wide of the net. At the end of regulation, the game was tied 1-1.
Just under three minutes into overtime, Palumbo was able to put the game-winning goal away, giving New Hampshire a 2-1 win. The play started when Wild sent a corner kick that bounced out of the box. The ball was sent back in and was misplayed when an Adelphi defender tried to clear the ball. Palumbo found the ball and took a one-time volley that sailed over Salamah and into the net.
Wildcats Blake Dawn (San Marino, Calif.) and Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) split the game in net with Dawn playing the first half. He made a pair of saves on three shots faced while Worra saved both shots he faced. Salamah made three stops on the five shots New Hampshire sent at him. UNH held a 15-10 advantage in shots and an 8-3 edge in corner kicks.
New Hampshire is back in action on Saturday when they travel to Maryland to take on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in its first conference match. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.