ALBANY, N.Y. – Senior midfielder Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) notched his first goal of the season as the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team fell in double-overtime at Albany, 2-1.
The loss holds the Wildcats at 9-5-0 overall and to 3-2-0 in America East action while Albany improves to 4-9-3 on the year and to 2-2-1 in conference play.
Palumbo gave the Wildcats an early 1-0 lead in the 17th minute of play as he blasted a shot to the top right corner of the net. Freshman Christopher Wingate (Hovik, Norway) earned the assist on the play as he played the ball to Palumbo prior to the shot.
Albany's Leonardo Rodrigues sent a pair of shots at the UNH net in the 60th minute of the second half, but each attempt was wide of the target. It was not until the 66th minute of play that Great Dane Anthony Rozzano tied the score at 1-1. Rozzano carried the ball down the right side of the field and placed a shot to the top right corner of the net for the goal.
The Wildcats went on an offensive surge in the 75th minute as Wingate started with a rocket that went just high of the net. Steven Palumbo and Lukas Goerigk (Berlin, Germany) each recorded a shot on goal, however the attempts were saved by Albany keeper Michael Pizzuti.
Albany nearly took the game in the final five seconds of regulation when Rodrigues sent a header attempt on goal that was saved by Wildcat goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) and with a shot by Jonathan Interiano with just three seconds left on the clock. UNH freshman Will Szostkiewicz (Longmeadow, Mass.) made a defensive save on the shot by Interiano to send the game to overtime.
New Hampshire took full control of offense in the first overtime frame, recording all eight shots taken in the period. In the second minute of overtime, sophomore Jesus Tudela (Zaragoza, Spain) almost got the Wildcats the victory with a rocket that hit the crossbar. Tudela followed up his attempt with another shot that was defensively saved by Albany. Wingate's attempt in the 95th minute was sent on goal, but was saved by Pizzuti. Despite the offensive kick from New Hampshire, the game was headed for a second overtime period.
In the fourth minute of the stanza, Interiano connected with a free kick from Pomare Te Anau taken from outside of the box. Interiano attacked with a header shot went into the net, giving the Great Danes a 2-1 win.
Worra made one save on the three shots on goal he faced in the game, earning the decision for the Wildcats. His record drops to 7-3. Pizzuti made six saves on seven shots UNH sent at him as he got the win for Albany. The Wildcats outshot the Great Danes, 24-6.
New Hampshire remains on the road and will take a break from conference play as it will travel to intrastate rival Dartmouth College for an evening tilt on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.