PEORIA, Ill. – Senior Ugochukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) recorded the game-winnig goal in double-overtime to lift the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Evansville.
The Wildcats opened up the match with a bang, rifling 11 shots, eight of which were saved by Evansville keeper Eric Teppen. The Purple Aces notched six shots in the first half, each of which was turned away by UNH goalie Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.).
Evansville took a 1-0 lead in the 70th minute of play when Brandon Causey found the back of the net. Jared Robinson launched a throw-in to the box that was played by Joel Craig. Causey re-directed the ball into the net for the goal.
The score was leveled at 1-1 in the 81st minute as the Purple Aces tallied an own goal. The Evansville defense flicked a long throw-in into the top corner of the net. Through the first 90 minutes, the score remained tied at 1-1.
Uche ultimately lifted UNH to a 2-1 victory in double-overtime in the 109th minute of play for his first goal of the season. The play resulted as Uche finished a breakaway counter-attack stemming from Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) and Will Szostkiewicz (Longmeadow, Mass.). Uche garnered the rebound and buried the ball in the back of the net.
Worra received the win in net for the Wildcats as he made six saves on the seven shots that he faced. His record improves to 1-1-0 on the year. Teppen received the loss for the Purple Aces after making 12 saves on 14 shots faced. His record stands at 0-1-1. The Wildcats held the advantage in total shots by a margin of 28-15.
New Hampshire returns to the pitch Friday, Sept. 6 as the squad travels to the University of Vermont for a pair of neutral site games. The first game is set for 1:30 p.m. against Massachusetts.