DURHAM, N.H. – Freshman midfielder Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) ended a deadlocked tie with just under two minutes to play in double-overtime to lead the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Boston University on Saturday afternoon at Lewis Fields.
The win comes as UNH's first in conference play, as the squad improves to 6-3-5 and 1-2-2 in America East play. As for the Terriers, they drop to 9-4-1 and 4-1-0 in conference action.
Palumbo's tally came following a foul, stealing the ball from a Terrier defender at the left flank, driving it to the top of the box where he fired a shot that found its way into the right side of the net past a diving Brandon Briggs at 108:02.
Despite a scoreless first frame, the Wildcats nearly got on the board within the first minute when Jon Harris (Amherst, N.H.) took a ball deep into BU territory on the right flank and got it into the box where Marcus Barr (Wallingford, Pa.) got a piece of it, heading it toward the net, but missed striking the left post.
The Wildcats drew first blood in the contest, as Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) fired a ball from 25-yards out into the right hand corner of the net to put UNH on the board with a 1-0 lead at 49:11. Palumbo was credited with an assist on the play.
It wouldn't take long for the Terriers to strike back, answering with a goal of their own about six minutes later on a strike from Michael Bustamante. The goal was set up by Derek McCaffrey, delivering a ball from the left flank to Bustamante in the box, who got a piece of it with his head and found the back of the net at 55:50.
The Terriers held the advantage in shots, 17-9, including a 6-1 edge in the first frame. Barr and Palumbo led the 'Cats with two shots apiece.
The Wildcats return to action Wednesday, October 27, when they take on Albany on Senior Day at 2:30 p.m. at Lewis Fields.