October 14, 2011

Men's Soccer Falls to UMBC, 2-0

BALTIMORE, Md. – Freshman goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) compiled a career-high seven saves in net, but the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team fell to the University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2-0, Friday evening at UMBC Soccer Stadium.

The loss drops UNH to 5-7-1 overall and 1-2-1 in America East play, while UMBC improves to 7-3-3 and 4-0 in conference action. It is the first time UMBC has started 4-0 in America East play in program history.

The Wildcats threatened to score first when Ryan McNamara (West Nyack, N.Y.) sent a pass to Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.) upfield on the right side of the box with a one-on-one chance against UMBC goalkeeper Dan Louisignau, but he missed on his shot attempt high with just over 14 minutes remaining in the first half.

After a scoreless first frame, the Retrievers found the back of the net on an own goal at 46:57. Milo Kapor tried to pass the ball from inside the box to a teammate, but it was redirected off the foot of Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.) and into the net at the doorstep, giving the home team the early 1-0 edge.

UNH nearly evened the score when Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.) serviced a ball into the box on a corner kick and Ugochukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) got a head on it but his shot struck the crossbar and bounced out of play in the 58th minute.

UMBC would add to its lead late in the second frame when Pete Caringi played a ball upfield to Andrew Bulls for his third goal of the season. Caringi sent the ball from about midfield to Bulls and he raced all the way to the top of the box, creating a one-on-one chance versus Worra and he found the right side of the net from 16 yards out at 81:51.

The Retrievers outshot the Wildcats 13-11 in the contest. UMBC put nine shots on goal, while UNH posted two. New Hampshire claimed a 7-4 edge in corner kicks, including a 5-1 advantage in the second stanza.

Worra posted the second highest save total of any Wildcat goalkeeper this season, racking up fives stops in the first half alone. Louisignau notched a pair of saves in the win, notching his seventh shutout of the season. He has posted shutouts in four straight games.

The Wildcats are back in action Tuesday, Oct. 18 (7 p.m.) when they return home to battle Holy Cross on Bremner Field.
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