MEN'S SOCCER CLAIMS SECOND STRAIGHT OVERTIME WIN WITH, 1-0, VICTORY OVER ALBANY
DURHAM, N.H. – Freshman midfielder Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) scored his second consecutive game-winning goal in extended play, finding the back of the net just over a minute into overtime to lift the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team to a 1-0 overtime victory against the University at Albany on Wednesday afternoon at Lewis Fields.
The win improves the 'Cats to the 7-3-5 overall and 2-2-2 in America East play, as UNH remains unbeaten at home this season with a 5-0-2 record. As for the Great Danes, they drop to 5-9-1 and 1-4-1 in conference action. New Hampshire has played in 10 overtime games this year, including eight in double-overtime.
Palumbo's tally came just at the start of overtime, as Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.) centered a ball to Palumbo from about 40 yards out and he took it the rest of the way chipping in a shot from the top of the box into the right side of the net at 91:19.
For Palumbo, the goal is his third game-winner this year. He ranks second on the team with seven points, on three goals and one assist.
After a deadlocked first frame that featured both teams spending much of their time in between the 18-yard lines, Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) gave the Wildcats a chance to jump on the board early as he ripped a ball from the right side sending it to Ryan McNabb (Downingtown, Pa.) at the left of box, getting a piece of it with his right foot, but missed right in the 14th minute of the second half.
New Hampshire was knocking on the door again about five minutes later when Dylan George (Bangor, Maine) sent a ball to Marcus Barr (Wallingford, Pa.) at the left of the box, heading it toward the net but missed, striking the left post.
Hilton would give the 'Cats another chance to strike first when he picked up a pass from Palumbo at midfield and brought it into Great Dane territory sending it to Barr at the left corner of the box, as he fired a shot with a one-on-one matchup against Albany goalkeeper Scott Kessler, but was turned away.
Colin O'Donnell (Hampden, Mass.) finished the contest with a game-high five saves, earning a conference-best seventh shutout in the win. He also tops the America East in goals against average (0.49) and save percentage (.887). Additionally, he ranks 6th and 9th, nationally, in save percentage and goals against average, respectively.
The Wildcats held the advantage in shots, 13-10, including a 6-4 edge in the second frame. Palumbo led the 'Cats with five shots, including three on goal. Barr chipped in with four shots.
The Wildcats return to action Saturday, October 30, when they take on Binghamton University at 7 p.m. at the Bearcats Sports Complex.