BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team fell in its conference opener at Binghamton Saturday night by a score of 2-1. The loss drops the Wildcats to 4-4-2 and 0-1-0 in conference play while Binghamton improves to 5-5-0 and 1-0-0 in America East action.
Binghamton took a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute of play when Adam Whitehead scored on a penalty kick. Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) responded with his third goal of the season in the 26th minute when he blasted a shot from the top of the box into the net, leveling the score at 1-1. Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.) earned his first assist of the season after dishing the ball to Palumbo on the play. Offense was even between the two teams in the half, each squad tallying six shots each. Wildcat goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) made three saves in the period.
In the second half, each team kept the offensive pressure on by trying to notch the go-ahead goal. New Hampshire tallied three shots in the period while two of them were on target. Binghamton rifled off five shots in the period, however none of them were on net. At the end of regulation, the game was headed into overtime tied at 1-1.
In the 97th minute of play, Jake Keegan scored the game-winning goal for the Bearcats, giving them a 2-1 victory. Robbie Hughes assisted Keegan on the play.
While in net, Worra made four saves on the six shots he faced while Stefano Frantelizzi saved four of the five shots he faced. New Hampshire held the advantage in corner kicks by a margin of 7-6. Palumbo led the way on offense with three shots, two of which were on net. Josh Bronner (Belchertown, Mass.)was behind him with one of his two shots being on net. Keegan and Whitehead led the offensive attach for Binghamton, Keegan notched five shots while Whitehead tallied four.
The Wildcats return to action next Saturday, Oct. 6 when they host the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Bremner Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.