GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — Sophomore midfielder Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) scored a game-winning goal late in the second frame, lifting the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Adelphi University Friday evening at Motamed Field.
With 16 minutes remaining in regulation Palumbo broke a deadlocked tie, scoring the game's only goal on an assist from Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.). After receiving a pass from Hilton, Palumbo punched the ball into the back of the net from just inside the box to give UNH the 1-0 edge at 74:00.
Neither team found the back of the net in the first frame, but the Panthers posted a 9-5 edge in shots. Despite the advantage, UNH generated one of best scoring chances of the half in the 31st minute when David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) gained possession of the ball at midfield and drove it into Panther territory, firing a shot that just missed, as Adelphi goalkeeper Christopher Herrera got just enough of it to send it away.
The Wildcats continued to press late in the action, notching seven shots, but couldn't increase their lead in the closing moments of the contest. The home team posted 11 shots in the stanza, but the New Hampshire defense was able to hold Adelphi's offense at bay and preserve the 1-0 advantage.
Schlatter led UNH with four shots, while Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.), Ryan McNabb (Downingtown, Pa.) and Palumbo all tallied two shots apiece. Omar Edwards led the Panthers with a game-best seven shots, including two on goal.
Goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) registered five saves in his first collegiate shutout. Herrera also tallied five saves in net for the Panthers.
The Wildcats are back in action when they return home to host the 22nd Annual Nike Fall Classic, opening the tournament against Air Force Friday, Sept. 23 (7 p.m.) at Bremner Field.