DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore Jesus Tudela (Zaragoza, Spain) recorded his first career goal and game-winning goal in the 36th minute as the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team blanked Rhode Island in its home opener, 4-0, Wednesday afternoon. Junior goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) earned his second shutout of the season as he made six saves in net for UNH.
Senior Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) blasted a shot from 18 yards out that was blocked by the URI defense. Tudela then rocketed a one-time shot from about 14 yards out that ricocheted off a Rhode Island defenseman and into the net. Worra made a pair of saves in the first half to keep the results at 1-0 at the end of the first frame.
Sophomore A.J. Albers (Eagan, Minn.) also recorded his first career goal in the 55th minute as he connected with a corner kick from Christopher Wingate (Hovik, Norway). Wingate placed the ball with expert precision between the penalty kick spot and the six-yard mark and Albers connected in stride with his head for the goal. Junior Aaron Smith (Loudon, N.H.) notched his first career goal in the 64th minute with a rocket of a shot. Wingate played the ball to Smith who blasted the ball into the net.
Sophomore Andrew Chaput (Manchester, N.H.) buried his first career goal on a headed from a Tudela corner kick. Tudela played the ball from the left corner of the field into the box. Chaput battled traffic to make it to the ball and net his goal.
On the opposite side of the field, Worra made four saves in the second half to preserve the shutout, earning his second of the season. With 90 minutes in the books, the score was finalized, 4-0.
Worra improved his record to 3-1-0 on the year, making six total saves in net. URI netminder Thomas Spenser made three saves on the seven shots he faced as his record fell to 1-4-0. The Wildcats held the advantage in shots by a margin of 20-11, outshooting the Rams 12-3 in the first half.
The Wildcats return to the pitch Saturday, Sept. 21 as they host Grand Canyon for a night tilt at 7 p.m. The program hosts its alumni game at 4 p.m. on Bremner Field. To participate, alums are asked to contact associate head coach Ewan Seabrook via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.