MEN'S SOCCER PLAYS TO 0-0 TIE WITH STONY BROOK IN DOUBLE-OVERTIME
STONY BROOK, N.Y.
– Senior goalkeeper Colin O'Donnell
(Hampden, Mass.) notched his career-best sixth shutout, compiling
five saves, as the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team
played Stony Brook University to a 0-0 draw in double-overtime
Wednesday evening at LaValle Stadium.
With the tie the Wildcats move to 5-2-4 overall and 0-1-2 in America East play on the season. As for the Seawolves, they adjust to 7-5-2 overall and 1-1-1 in conference action.
Stony Brook outshot UNH 20-14 in the contest, including a 10-5 advantage in the second frame. The Wildcats held a 4-2 edge in shots in the second overtime period, including one on goal attempt, but couldn't manage to find the back of the net.
With little opportunity in the first frame, New Hampshire had a prime opportunity to jump on the board in the 60th minute when Dylan George (Bangor, Maine) cranked a shot from the right flank but missed and hit the crossbar.
The 'Cats had another chance to end the deadlocked tie
about ten minutes later when Jordan Thomas
(Mohnton, Pa.) found his way into the box and was able to get a
piece of the ball, heading it toward the net, but was turned away
by Stony Brook goalkeeper Stefan Manz.
Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) and George led the Wildcats with three shots apiece. Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) and Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.) chipped in with two shots each. Leonardo Fernandes and Mihailo Pavlisin led the Seawolves with a game-high six shots apiece.
O'Donnell, who now has a conference-best six shutouts, came into the game with top marks in goals against average (0.46) and save percentage (.898) among America East goalkeepers. Additionally, the netminder ranks 6th and 10th nationally in save percentage and goals against average, respectively.
Manz, who also earns the shutout in the scoreless tie, tallied four saves in the contest. He ranks second only to O'Donnell in the conference in shutouts this season with five.
New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Oct. 16 when the Wildcats travel to Hartford to take on the Hawks at Al-Marzook Field at 7 p.m.