October 8, 2013

Uche Lifts Men’s Soccer Over Brown, 1-0

DURHAM, N.H. -- Senior forward Ugo Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) scored the only goal of the game in the 64th minute of play as the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team defeated Brown University Tuesday, 1-0.

The win improves the Wildcats to 7-3-0 on the year as Brown drops to 3-5-2.

The Wildcats notched the first six shots of the game, flooding the Brown defense early. Paul Bianchi (Essex, Vt.) and Duff Thomson (Greenfield, N.H.) each tallied a pair in the span. Freshman goalkeeper Giovani Riello (Sao Paulo, Brazil) made a pair of back-to-back saves to keep the Brown attack bay. Uche retaliated with a blast at Brown goalkeeper Mitch Kupstas in the 26th minute, but the attempt was saved. 

Lukas Goerigk (Berlin, Germany) kept the pressure on with a rocket at the Bears' net in the 34th minute that was saved by Kupstas. Jesus Tudela (Zaragoza, Spain) notched the last attack of the half in the 42nd minute, but Kupstas kept the score tied, 0-0.

Brown opened up the second half with a pair of shots that were blocked by the Wildcat defense. In the 64th minute, the ball broke out of the Wildcat half as it was carried up the field by Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.). Palumbo played the ball to Erik Martel (Bedford, N.H.) who sent a pass in stride to Uche sprinting down the field. Uche dribbled the ball into the box, played it around Kupstas and shot it to the low left side for the tally.

The Wildcats kept the pressure coming as Martel and Gunnar Ericsson (Atkinson, N.H.) blasted attempts at the Brown net, but each was saved by Kupstas. Brown's Daniel Taylor attempted a pair of shots in the final minutes of play, but the Wildcats' defensive line kept the Bears from breaking onto the board. At the end of two periods, New Hampshire prevailed, 1-0.

Riello earned his second win and shutout of the season after making three saves. His record now stands at 2-2-0. Kupstas allowed one goal on seven shots to receive the loss in for Brown. His record now sits at 0-1-0. Brown held a slight advantage in shots, outshooting the 'Cats 16-14.

New Hampshire is back on the pitch Saturday, Oct. 12 as it takes on Stony Brook on Homecoming. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. on Bremner Field. 
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