DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team played to a 1-1 draw against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Saturday night at Bremner Field. The draw puts the Wildcats at 4-4-3 and 0-1-1 in America East play on the year while UMBC's record stands at 5-3-4 and 0-1-1 in conference play.
UNH took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute of play when Alex Hussein (Haverhill, Mass.) connected with a free kick from Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) and headed the ball past Retriever keeper Phil Saunders. New Hampshire kept the offensive pace in its favor after with four shots while UMBC fired off three in the half. At the end of the first half, the Wildcats held a 1-0 lead.
In the 62nd minute of play, senior Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.) nearly bumped the Wildcat lead to 2-0 when he notched a header that hit the post. In the 77th minute of play, Milo Kapor tied the game at 1-1 after shooting a penalty kick past Wildcat keeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) to the right side. At the end of the half, the game remained at 1-1 and was heading into overtime.
In the second frame of overtime, Aaron Smith (Loudon, N.H.) nearly notched the game winning goal for New Hampshire when he fired a shot that rung the post and bounced wide. Despite offensive pressure from the 'Cats, the score was finalized at 1-1.
Worra made four saves on five shots that he faced in net for the Wildcats while UMBC keeper Saunders blocked two of the three shots he faced. Shots were level from each side by a total of 11-11. Smith and Roche each tallied three shots in the game to lead New Hampshire.
The Wildcats return to the pitch Wednesday, Oct. 7 when they travel to Hartford. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.