October 20, 2010

MEN'S SOCCER PLAYS TO 0-0 TIE IN DOUBLE-OVERTIME AGAINST HOLY CROSS

WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior goalkeeper Chris Devine (Hampton, N.H.) tallied a season-high five saves on his way to recording his first career shutout, as the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team played Holy Cross College to a 0-0 draw in double-overtime Wednesday evening at Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium.

With the tie the Wildcats have now held opponents scoreless for the last 155:15 of play, moving to 5-3-5 overall and 0-2-2 in America East play. As for the Crusaders, they adjust to 3-8-3 on the season. New Hampshire has played in eight overtime games this year, including seven in double-overtime.

After posting four shots and going scoreless in the first frame, the Wildcats turned up the heat in the second half, winning the battle in shots. Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) gave the 'Cats a chance to jump on the board when he got off a shot in front of the net, but was turned away by goalkeeper Kevin Meinert with just over two minutes remaining in regulation.

Holy Cross would have its chance to end the deadlocked tie just before the end of regulation when Jon Werth served up a ball into the box off a corner kick to Kevin O'Connell who was able to get a piece of the ball, heading a shot, but missed wide as time expired.

Shots were nearly even for the game, with Holy Cross holding the slight edge 12-11. However, New Hampshire controlled the second stanza with a 6-4 advantage. The 'Cats finished the game with seven shots on-goal, while the Crusaders had five.

Brad Hilton
(Merrimack, N.H.) and Dylan George (Bangor, Maine) led the Wildcats with three shots apiece. Hilton's three shots were all on-goal attempts. Palumbo chipped in with a pair of shots, both of which were on-goal. Jon Werth led the Crusaders with a game-high five shots.

Devine has appeared in three games, including two starts for the Wildcats this season, compiling a 1-0-1 record. While in net he has been remarkable, posting a 0.38 goals against average, a .900 save percentage and nine saves.

New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Oct. 23 when the 'Cats head back to Durham to take on Boston University at 2 p.m. at Lewis Fields.

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