October 16, 2012

Men's Soccer Edged 1-0 at Holy Cross

DAVID SCHLATTER

WORCESTER, Mass. – Tommy Uttaro scored in the 70th minute and Kevin Wright recorded two saves to lead the College of the Holy Cross men's soccer team to Tuesday night's 1-0 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire at Smith Stadium.

UNH moved to 5-6-3 overall while Holy Cross is now 3-7-2.

New Hampshire goalkeeper Blake Dawn (San Marino, Calif.), in just his third career start, was also credited with two saves. Both goalies recorded one save in each half.

The Wildcats generated the first offensive pressure in the game when Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.) headed a shot over the crossbar in the13th minute. UNH threatened again in the 19th minute, but a shot off the foot of Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) was stopped by Wright.

Holy Cross recorded its first shot of the game in the 22nd minute, but Kevin O'Connell sent his shot wide right of the cage. Less than a minute later at the other end of the field, Paul Bianchi (Essex, Vt.) struck a shot off target. The back-and-forth action continued as the Crusaders quickly advanced the ball and O'Connell fired wide left. HC sustained pressure and generated a corner kick that resulted in a shot wide left by Uttaro.

David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) entered the UNH lineup in the 28th minute, and moments later he sent a header over the crossbar.

Both teams tallied four shots in the scoreless first half.

New Hampshire pressured early in the second half, but the Crusaders blocked the shot by Gustav Nilsson (Pixbo, Sweden) and Alex Hussein (Haverhill, Mass.) struck the ball over the goal. Dawn was required to make his second save of the game in the 57th minute, when O'Connell put a shot on frame.

The Wildcats tested Wright for just the second time on the night when Clint Caso (Kinnelon, N.J.) footed a shot on target in the 63rd minute.

Holy Cross scored the only goal of the game when Uttaro's shot from inside the box went inside the right post at 69:22.

Schlatter sent a shot wide right of the target in the 78th minute, then HC pressure in the 83rd minute generated a corner kick on which Monty Sanders' shot was blocked by the UNH defense. The home team sustained pressure and O'Connell struck a shot high.

The 'Cats pressured in the final minute with a corner kick, and moments later Schlatter headed the ball over the crossbar in the waning seconds.

The overall shots were even 9-9 through 90 minutes. UNH had a 4-2 edge in corner kicks.

New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 20 (2 p.m.) at the University of Vermont. The Wildcats' next home game is Oct. 27 for a Senior Day game against Boston University. Game time at Bremner Field is 7 p.m.

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