PEORIA, Ill. – The University of New Hampshire fell in its first game of the Bradley University Tournament and of the season Friday night, 1-0. The loss drops the Wildcats to 0-1-0 while Bradley improves to 1-0-0.
Both teams opened up with plenty of offense in the first half, each tallying eight shots apiece. New Hampshire goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) turned away both of the shots-on-goal he faced while Bradley keeper Brian Billings did the same. Through the first 45 minutes of play, the score remained at a 0-0 stalemate.
In the 59th minute of play, Bradley's Wojciech Wojcik broke the tie to give Bradley a 1-0 lead. Alex Garcia's initial shot was saved by Worra, but Wojcik was there to knock the rebound into the back of the net.
The Wildcat attack remained resilient as it posted a total of 14 shots in the second half, five of which were on net. Billings made saves on each of the five shots he faced to preserve the 1-0 lead. Junior David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) paced the attack with five shots, two of which found the target.
At the end of regulation, Bradley held on for the 1-0 win. Worra received the decision as he made three saves on four shots faced. Billings tallied a shutout after making seven saves on the seven shots he faced.
The Wildcats will return to the pitch Sunday as they wrap up play at the Bradley University Tournament with a morning tilt against Evansville. Kickoff is set for 10:30 CST.