DURHAM, N.H. — Senior Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) punched in a late goal, lifting the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over the United States Air Force Academy Friday evening in the first round of the Nike Fall Classic at Bremner Field.
|Sophomore Steven Palumbo|
Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) ignited the game-winning tally, sending a pass from midfield to the right flank, where Hilton finished the play by striking the ball into the top right hand corner of the net from 25 yards out at 62:45.
The Wildcats had been knocking on the door the entire second frame, outshooting the Falcons 7-5. New Hampshire also held the edge in corner kicks by a margin of 4-2 during the stanza.
Hilton nearly scored once again in the 29th minute of the second half when he fired a shot from about 20 yards out on a free kick, sneaking it past a herd of defenders in front of the net, but missed wide right.
About ten minutes later the 'Cats were at it again when Palumbo tracked down a ball around midfield and drove it into enemy territory, firing a clear shot at the net from 30 yards out, but missed left of the goal.
Air Force controlled the first frame, posting a 6-4 edge in shots and a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks, but couldn't find the back of the net, posting just one shot on goal in the frame. UNH's defense was stellar throughout the contest, holding the Falcons at bay, limiting them to just two shots on goal in the entire game.
Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) registered his second consecutive shutout, tallying two saves in the win. Goalkeeper Matt Underwood compiled two saves in net for the Falcons.
Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.), Steven Palumbo and Hilton led the 'Cats with two shots each. Kevin Durr led Air Force with a game-high four shots.
The Wildcats are back in action when they host the second round of the 22nd Annual Nike Fall Classic, taking on Hartwick College Sunday, Sept. 25 (2:30 p.m.) at Bremner Field.