DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team will host the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Saturday night at Bremner Field at 7 p.m. Links to live stats and video will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE 'CATS: The Wildcats (4-4-2, 0-1-0 AE) opened up conference play at Binghamton University on Saturday, Sept. 29. The Bearcats took an early 1-0 lead in the eighth minute of the first half, however New Hampshire was quick to respond with a goal from junior Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) in the 26th minute of play. Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.) played the ball to Palumbo who then blasted a shot from the top of the box and into the net. Both teams were persistent in trying to net the go-ahead goal, however at the end of regulation, the game was headed to overtime with a score of 1-1. Then, in the 97th minute of play Binghamton scored the game-winning goal, giving the Wildcats a 2-1 loss. Palumbo lead New Hampshire in shots with three, two of which were on net. The Bearcats held the advantage in total shots by a margin of 14-9. Keeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) made four saves on the six shots that he faced.
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE: Robert Palumbo leads the squad in goals (3) and points (6). Two of his goals have been game winners. Angel Maldonado (Lennox, Calif.), Charlie Roche and Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.) each come into the match with a pair of goals and one assists for five points. David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) has two goals for four points while Paul Bianchi (Essex, Vt.) has two points with two assists. Travis Worra has seen the majority of time in net for New Hampshire, making eight appearances with six starts. His record stands at 4-2-2 and has tallied three shutouts. Blake Dawn (San Marino, Calif.) has made three appearances on three starts thus far. He has a record of 0-2-0.
LAST TIME OUT FOR UMBC: The Retrievers (5-3-3, 0-1-0 AE) were victorious in their last match against Howard University by a score of 3-1. Dave Vaeth got the offense started early for UMBC with a goal just 17 seconds into the first half. The Retrievers built on their lead in the 29th minute on a goal from Joseph Glos that was assisted by Oumar Ballo. Howard cut the deficit in half in the 37th minute when its only shot of the game found the back of the net from 15 yards out. UMBC regained its two-goal cushion in the 50th minute of play when Kadeem Darces sent his shot from 10 yards deep into the net. Milo Kapor and Stephen Ho assisted Darces on the play. Keeper Phil Saunders allowed one goal on the only shot Howard put on net. The Retrievers held the edge in shots, 17-5.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS: Milo Kapor leads UMBC in assists (9) and points (13), adding in his two goals. Pete Caringi is behind him with 10 points on a team leading four goals and a pair of assists. Kadeem Darces has three goals for six points while Liam Paddock has two goals, totaling four points. Phil Saunders has started all 11 games in net for the Retrievers, tallying a record of 5-3-3 with four shutouts.
PUTTING IN EXTRA TIME: The Wildcats have gone to overtime in seven of their 10 games played this season and are 3-2-2 in those seven games. The wins include a 1-0 double overtime thriller at Michigan State (Aug. 26), a 2-1 double overtime win at Penn (Sept. 2), and a 2-1 win over Adelphi at home (Sept. 26).
UP NEXT FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats will hit the road as they travel to Hartford on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.