DURHAM, N.H. — Sophomore back Ugochukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) scored an early goal, but the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to Bradley University Monday afternoon at Bremner Field.
The Wildcats struck first in the contest when Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) played a ball to Uche in the box and he finished it with a shot that found the back of the net at 29:20 to give UNH the early 1-0 edge.
New Hampshire was able to hold the Bradley offense at bay, allowing just one shot on goal the rest of the frame. Offensively, the Wildcats and Braves were nearly even with one another during the first stanza, as Bradley held a slight 9-7 edge in shots, while corner kicks were even at 2-2.
The Braves came out strong in the second half, scoring just 17:13 into the frame when Jochen Graf scored an unassisted goal to even the score at 1-1. Graf notched the tally when he tracked down a deflected ball inside the box, finishing with a shot that found the left side of the net at 62:13.
Bradley was at it again just over a minute later when Desmond Campbell found the back of the net to give the visitors the 2-1 lead. Graf ignited the play, setting up Campbell with a pass on the right side of the box for a one-timer at 63:29.
The 'Cats nearly tied up the action in the 31st minute of the second half when Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) fired a shot that missed wide. Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) got the chance started when he drove the ball upfield and played it back to an open Robert Palumbo, who rifled a shot from 35 yards out, but missed right of the net.
About 12 minutes later New Hampshire nearly found the back of the net once again, as Steven Palumbo tracked down a loose ball around the 30-yard line and fired a clean shot right into the hands of Bradley goalkeeper Brian Billings.
Bradley finished the contest with an 18-11 advantage in shots and an 8-3 edge in corner kicks. Robert Palumbo led UNH with three shots, while Steven Palumbo and Uche both tallied a pair of shots.
Goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) registered three saves in the contest; while Billings compiled a game-best four stops in net for the visitors.
The Wildcats are back in action when they take on Binghamton University Saturday, Oct. 8 (5 p.m.) at Bremner Field.