DURHAM, N.H. — Despite holding a sizable edge in shots and only allowing three on goal attempts the entire contest, the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team fell to Stony Brook University, 1-0, Friday afternoon at Lewis Fields.
|Sophomore Robert Palumbo|
The loss drops the Wildcats to 4-5-0 overall and 0-1-0 in America East play, while the Seawolves improve to 5-4-2 and 1-0-0 in conference action.
Berian Gobeil broke a deadlocked tie, scoring the game's lone goal on an assist from Kyle Schlesinger in the 71st minute. Schlesinger set up the play, sending a pass to Gobeil on the right side of the box, firing a shot that found the back of the net on a one-timer at 70:40.
New Hampshire had its best chance to score the game's first goal midway through the first frame when Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.) missed wide on a header inside the box. Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) ignited the play, sending a ball from the left flank into the box connecting with Roche, but his header missed left.
After a scoreless first frame, the Seawolves held a 7-6 shot and a 2-1 corner kick advantage. However, the Wildcats came back strong in the second half, outshooting the Seawolves, 8-2.
The 'Cats came close to knotting up the score in the eighth minute of the second half when Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) serviced a ball from the left side of the field to the right corner of the box, where Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) found position and headed it toward the goal but missed left.
UNH had another solid chance at the four-minute mark, as Ugochukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) established deep position on the right flank and sent a ball to Josh Bronner (Belchertown, Mass.) inside the box, heading it but missing left of the net.
Goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) registered two saves in the contest, while Stony Brook goalkeeper Stefan Manz compiled a game-best five stops in net for the visitors.
New Hampshire outshot Stony Brook, 14-9, but the Seawolves held a 5-2 edge in corner kicks. Hilton led the Wildcats with a game-high five shots, including one on goal attempt.
The Wildcats are back in action when they take on Bradley University Monday, Oct. 3 (1 p.m.) at Lewis Fields.