DURHAM, N.H. — Freshman goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) recorded a game-high three saves, but the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team fell to Michigan State, 3-0, Sunday afternoon at Lewis Fields.
Michigan State picked up its first win of the season, improving to 1-2, while UNH drops to 1-2.
Despite both teams being held scoreless for the greater portion of the first frame, the Spartans were able to draw first blood in the contest and post an early lead on a goal from Garret Back at 26:14. Saydee Cyrus set up the play when he pushed the ball upfield on the right flank and delivered a pass to Back around the net and he headed it into the right corner and over the head of Worra.
Michigan State wouldn't waste too much time adding to its lead, scoring just 2:26 later when Rubin Bega tallied a goal that put the visitors ahead 2-0. Josh Barens got the play in motion, sending a pass ahead to Adam Montague on the right flank, who quickly sent it to Bega on the left hand corner of the box, putting the ball into the right side of the net.
The Spartans took their 2-0 lead into the half, outshooting the Wildcats 10-0 in the frame.
New Hampshire got its best chance to cut into the deficit in the 38th minute of the second half when Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.) threw a ball into Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) and he fired a shot from 25 yards out and nearly got it past the stretching hands of Spartans' goalkeeper Jeremy Clark, but was able to harness it in for the save.
Michigan State put the game out of reach when Bega set up Joe Paljaj with a pass at the left hand corner of the box and he connected with the ball, sending it into the left side of the net at 79:00.
The Spartans outshot the 'Cats 18-2 in the match. Corner kicks were close between both squads, with Michigan State holding the slight edge 4-3.
The Wildcats return to action when they travel to the University of Vermont to play against the University of Massachusetts in the first of two games of the Smith Barney Classic (1:30 p.m.) at Centennial Field.