Men's Soccer Heads to Vermont for America East Semifinal Round Wednesday (1 p.m.)
DURHAM, N.H. – The fifth-seeded University of New Hampshire men's soccer team travels to No. 1 University of Vermont in the America East semifinal round Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 1 p.m.
IN THE LAST MATCH…
The Wildcats and Catamounts met October 20 where the two teams played to a double-overtime draw. Jordan Thomas tallied a game high three shots in the effort, landing two of them on net. UVM's Zach Paul let the Catamounts with a pair of shots, one of which found the target.
Wildcat keeper Travis Worra made two saves in the effort while the squad also notched a team save. Conor Leland backboned the Catamounts with a pair of saves. New Hampshire outshot Vermont by a tally of 8-7.
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE:
The Wildcats finished the regular season with a record of 6-7-5 overall and a conference mark of 2-3-1. Robert Palumbo and Jordan Thomas lead the 'Cats in scoring, each tallying three goals and two assists for eight points. Alex Hussein and David Schlatter both have six points on three goals while Angel Maldonado and Charlie Roche have five points on a pair of goals and an assist. Paul Bianchi and Josh Bronner have a pair of points on two assists while Ugo Uche has two points on a goal. Clint Caso, Ryan McNabb, Jeffrey Turner and Chris Wild round out the points with an assist each.
Travis Worra has spent the majority of the season in net for the Wildcats, registering 1382:39 between the pipes. He compiled a record of 6-4-5, tallying a goals against average of 0.85 and a save percentage of .800. Blake Dawn has made four starts in net and has a record of 0-3-0 on the year. In 315:00 on the field, he has a 2.00 goals against average and a .562 save percentage.
The Catamounts finished the regular season with a mark of 8-4-5 overall and finished conference play at 5-0-2. Joe Losier leads the Catamounts with 14 points from six goals and two assists while D.H. Edler racked up 13 points on the year with six goals and one assist. Jonny Bonner and Zach Paul each tallied five points with a pair of goals and an assist while Sean Sweeney notched five points on five assists. Charlie Defeo found the back of the net twice for four points as Jesse Scheirer and Scott Kisling have two points on a goal each. Danny Childs and Teddy Gula wrap up the points with an assist.
In net for Vermont is 2012 Goalkeeper of the Year Conor Leland. The junior made 14 appearances, including 12 starts and tallied a record of 7-2-4 with six shutouts. He tallied a goals against average of 0.79 and a save percentage of .846.Dave Ramada made three starts while appearing in four games. He notched a 1-2-0 record with one shutout while tallying a 1.24 goals against average and a .667 save percentage.
Senior Jordan Thomas was named to the First Team All-Conference squad while Lucas Goerigk was tabbed as an All-Rookie Team selection. Senior Ryan McNabb was honored as a member of the All-Academic Team.
Thomas finished the 2012 regular season with eight points, racking up three goals and dishing out a pair of assists. The back gave the Wildcats their first win of the year in a double-overtime match at Michigan State (Aug. 26), notching the game's only goal. Thomas tallied a season-high three points in New Hampshire's 2-1 thrilling double OT win at Hartford (Oct. 10). He tallied the game-tying goal in the 88th minute of play and assisted on the game winner in the 104th minute of play to give the 'Cats the win.
Goerigk had a solid freshman campaign with the Wildcats as a back/midfielder. He started all 15 games that he appeared in, helping the 'Cats secure five shouts and the fourth-best goals against average in the conference (1.19).
McNabb received his second nod to the All-Academic Team in his career. The senior back started nine of the 13 games he played in 2012, tallying his first career point. The assist came in New Hampshire's double OT win at Hartford. In order to qualify for the distinction, a student-athlete (of at least sophomore academic standing) must have a minimum cumulative grade-point-average of 3.30 and be a starter or prominent reserve who has played in at least 50% of the team's games this season to be eligible for the All-Academic Team.