Poughkeepsie, N.Y. – The University of New Hampshire men's soccer squad fell by a score of 2-0 to Marist Saturday night at Tenney Stadium. The team falls to 3-2 on the year while Marist improves to 1-4 overall.
Sophomore Andrew Chaput (Manchester, N.H.) had the first offensive attempt of the game after receiving a corner kick from freshman Christopher Wingate (Høvik, Norway). Chaput blasted a shot that went just wide of the net. Wingate and Steve Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) posted consecutive shots in the 28th and 30th minute, however both attempts were saved by Red Fox goalie Anthony Solkaski.
In all, New Hampshire posted nine shots in the first half, six of which were on net. Each of the six attempts were saved. At the end of the first half, the score was locked, 0-0.
UNH rookie goalie Giovani Riello (Sao Paulo, Brazil) recorded his first save of the night in the 64th minute of play on a shot by Tudor Brata. In the 66th minute, Marist broke the scoreless stalemate on a goal by Steven Arraiano. Myles Ashong played the ball to Arraiano in the box who in turn found the back of the net on the lower left side.
In the 73rd minute, Nick Bramall gave Marist a 2-0 cushion with a goal on a free kick. The foul occurred nearly 35 yards out and Bramall flung in into the net from the spot of the foul.
Wingate made an offensive push with a pair of shots in the final five minutes, however was unable to convert. At the end of the second stanza, the score was finalized, 2-0.
Riello made one save on three shots faced and received the loss in net for the Wildcats. His record now stands at 1-1-0. Solkaski made saves on each of the eight shots he faced, securing his first shutout of the season. His record improved to 1-4-0. The Wildcats held the advantage in shots by a margin of 15-6.
The Wildcats will play at home for the first time in 2013 as they host Rhode Island Wednesday, Sept. 18. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.