Men's Soccer Heads to Albany for America East First Round Match Saturday (6 p.m.)
DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team will travel to New York to face the University at Albany in the America East quarterfinals. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
The Matchup: Saturday's match will be the second of the season for the two sides. In their last meeting (Oct. 14), the Great Danes defeated the Wildcats by a score of 3-1. Albany took a 1-0 lead in the first half when Philip Persson scored in the 43rd minute of play. The Great Danes increased their lead when Kristian Alexieff ripped a shot in the 72nd minute, but Ugo Uche cut the deficit to one for New Hampshire when his shot bounced off the bottom of the crossbar and into the net. Pomare Te Anau regained the two-goal lead for Albany in the 82nd minute, giving Albany a 3-1 lead.
Travis Worra a pair of saves on the five shots he faced in net for the Wildcats while Albany's Tim Allen defended eight of nine shots sent his way. New Hampshire held an 18-9 advantage in shots in the game.
NH in Postseason Play: Despite having missed out on postseason play in 2011, the Wildcats have been very successful in the playoffs throughout history. In 2010, New Hampshire made its first conference championship appearance while becoming the first team in America East history to post three consecutive shutouts. The Wildcats lost in a heartbreaking shootout in the finals.
Scouting the 'Cats: New Hampshire (6-7-4, 2-3-2 AE) secured its spot at the fifth seed in the tournament with a 1-0 overtime win over Boston University. In the 97th minute of the game, Alex Hussein notched his third goal of the season to lift the Wildcats over the Terriers and extend their season. Worra tallied four saves in the game to earn his fifth shutout of the year.
Jordan Thomas and Robert Palumbo lead UNH in points, both tallying three goals and two assists. Hussein and David Schlatter each have six points on three goals while Angel Maldonado and Charlie Roche have a pair of goals and an assist for five points. Paul Bianchi and Josh Bronner have two points on two assists and Ugo Uche has a pair of points on one goal.
Worra has made 11 starts in 13 appearances in 2012, registering a 6-4-4 record with a 0.92 goals against average and a .800 save percentage. Blake Dawn has made four starts; making nine saves on 16 shots faced. His record stands at 0-3-0 and has a 2.00 goals against average and a .562 save percentage.
Scouting Albany: The Great Danes (6-11, 3-4 AE) come into the game as the fourth seed in the tournament. In its last match, Albany topped Hartford by a score of 1-0 in double overtime. Quintel Gates provided the Great Danes with the goal in the 108th minute of play.
Anthony Rozzano leads Albany in the points category after tallying two goals and a team leading four assists. Brandon Wilson is next with seven points on three goals, all of which are game winners, and an assist. Pomare Te Anau also has seven points, his coming from a pair of goals and three assists. Philip Persson splits his six points on two goals and two assists while Gates has a goal and three helpers for five points.
Tim Allen has played all but five minutes in net for the Great Danes. He comes into the match with a 6-11-0 record, a goals against average of 1.45 and a save percentage of .784.
The winner of Saturday's match will advance to the semifinal round to play the one-seeded University of Vermont on Wednesday, Nov. 7.