GAME NOTES (PDF)
DURHAM, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team will battle the University of Maryland Baltimore County Friday, Oct. 14 (7 p.m.) at UMBC Soccer Stadium. The game will be aired live on FOX Soccer and a link to live stats will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.
The Wildcats and Retrievers are deadlocked in their all-time series with a 4-4-2 record. The Retrievers have claimed victories in two of the last three meetings, with both teams earning a draw in their Oct. 9, 2010 matchup at Lewis Fields. Prior to the three-game stretch, UNH was unbeaten against UMBC in four straight meetings. The Wildcats have not surrendered a goal in two straight meetings against the Retrievers, but fell to UMBC 5-4 on penalty kicks in the conference championship last year.
SCOUTING UMBC (6-3-3, 3-0-0 AE)
UMBC (6-3-3, 3-0-0 AE) forward Pete Caringi III scored on a penalty kick in the 41st minute and took down Binghamton, 1-0, in an America East match at the Bearcats' Sports Complex ... The Retrievers are now unbeaten in four straight and are off to a 3-0-0 start in America East play for the first time since 2005 ... Senior goalkeeper Dan Louisignau made four saves and recorded his sixth shutout of the season in the win ... UMBC has not allowed an opposition goal in 318 minutes of play ... UMBC is now 3-1-1 in the last five meetings against the Bearcats ... Binghamton still leads the all-time series, 6-4-2 ... In the squad's previous outing versus Boston University, senior forward Kingsley Onwuka scored the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute to propel the Terriers to a 1-0 victory on Oct. 8 ... It was Onwuka's third goal of the year and third in the last five games ... All of his goals have been scored on the road ... Twelve of UMBC's 13 goals this season have occurred in the second half ... The Retriever defense held the hosts without a shot on goal in the final 69 minutes of play ... Louisignau made three saves to post his second consecutive shutout and fifth of the season ... The Retrievers played in a scoreless first half for the ninth time in 11 contests ... The victory was UMBC's third in the last four meetings at Nickerson Field ... The all-time series is now deadlocked at 4-4-1 ... UMBC played Bucknell to a scoreless draw on Oct. 4 ... It was the Retrievers' first scoreless draw of the season.
Freshman forward David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) punched in his team-best third goal of the season against Hartford (Oct. 11) ... He ranks third on the squad with six points, tallying three goals ... He also notched goals against Iona (Sept. 1) and Colgate (Sept. 11) ... Schlatter currently ranks first among all Wildcats in total shots (25) and second in shots on goal (11) ... He has tallied multiple shots in six games this year.
ROCK IN NET
Freshman goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) finished with six saves in net for the Wildcats last time out versus Hartford (Oct. 11) ... In the outing prior he earned his fourth shutout of the season against Binghamton (Oct. 8), finishing with three saves ... The Wildcats have shut out their opponent in four of the last seven games ... He currently ranks third in the league in shutouts (4), fourth in goals against average (1.07), fifth in save percentage (.760), and sixth in saves per game (3.5).
Senior midfielder Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) leads the Wildcat attack this season with eight points on two goals and four assists ... He ranks first in the league in assists (4), seventh in total points (8) and 10th in points per game (0.73) ... He has notched a point in two of the last three games ... Hilton has tallied multiple shots in five of the last six matches.
WATCH THE THRONE
Sophomore Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) punched in a pair of goals to lead the Wildcats to a 3-0 victory over Binghamton (Oct. 8) ... It is the first time Palumbo has scored multiple goals in a game in his career and also the first time a Wildcat has achieved this feat since Dylan George scored two goals against Binghamton on Oct. 28, 2009 ... The midfielder currently ranks second on the squad with seven points on three goals and one assist ... Palumbo ranks first in the league in game-winning goals (2), eighth in goals (3), and ninth in goals per game (0.33) and points per game (0.78).
New Hampshire has been one of the top defensive teams in the America East conference for the second straight year, ranking third in shutouts (4), fourth in goals against average (1.05) and goals allowed (13). Last season the Wildcats had one of the most formidable defensive units in the conference, posting a goals against average of 0.49 and 11 shutouts, both top honors in the conference. Overall the 'Cats were equally impressive in America East play, ranking second in GAA (0.51) and third in shutouts (3).
LAST TIME OUT
Freshman forward David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) punched in his team-best third goal of the season, as the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team battled to a 1-1 double overtime tie with the University of Hartford Tuesday afternoon at Lewis Fields.
Schlatter helped New Hampshire get on the board early when he found the back of the net in 15th minute of the first half. Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.) serviced a ball into the box on a corner kick, connecting with Schlatter for a header that laced the back of the net at 14:15. Turner was credited with an assist on the play.
Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) nearly doubled that advantage with just over 12 minutes remaining in the first half when he fired a shot that was saved by Hartford goalkeeper Luke Citriniti. Ugochukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) got the play in motion when he sent a pass to Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.) on the right side and he headed it to Palumbo at the top of the box, but Citriniti pulled it in just under the crossbar.
The Wildcats entered the second half with a 1-0 advantage, controlling play with an edge in both shots (9-5) and corner kicks (4-3). New Hampshire also posted five shots on goal in the stanza, a mark that stood as its highest total of the contest.
Despite UNH's lead, Hartford came out strong in the second half, holding the edge in shots (6-5) and corner kicks (6-1). Creating more opportunities for themselves ended up paying off, as the Hawks knotted up the score at 1-1 in the 76th minute of play. Necas Collins slid a pass to David Bernhardsson on the left flank and he found the left side of the net at 75:39 to even the score.
UNH had a chance to take back the lead with just over six minutes remaining in regulation when Alex Hussein (Haverhill, Mass.) and Uche posted back-to-back shots on goal, but were turned away on both attempts. Uche started the play off with a shot from just outside the box, but Citriniti got a hand on it and deflected it away. Hussein was quick to the draw and picked up the rebound on the right side of the box, but Citriniti smothered his shot.
With both teams entering extra play with the score even, New Hampshire had its best chance to put the game away for good less than a minute into the first overtime when Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) missed on a shot high. Palumbo drove the ball deep in Hartford's zone and then played it back to Hilton at the top of the box, but he missed from about 20 yards out.
The Wildcats held the edge in shots by a margin of 16-14 in the contest, but the visitors controlled the corner kicks with a 10-5 advantage.
Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) finished with six saves in net for the Wildcats, while Citriniti stopped seven shots for the Hawks.