DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team (4-2-0) looks to earn its fourth win in the last five games as it hosts Grand Canyon (1-3-1) Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. The match is set to take place on Bremner Field. Links to live stats and video will be available on www.UNHWildcats.com.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE 'CATS: New Hampshire secured a 4-0 win in the home opener against Rhode Island on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Each goal was a career-first for Jesus Tudela (Zaragoza, Spain), A.J. Albers (Eagan, Minn.), Aaron Smith (Loudon, N.H.) and Andrew Chaput (Manchester, N.H.). Tudela scored first in the 36th minute, while Albers (55th minute), Smith (64th minute) and Chaput (82nd minute) put the game out of reach in the second half. Goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) made six saves in the match to record his second shutout of the season.
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats are led by Tudela and Christopher Wingate (Hovik, Norway), each coming into the match with four points on a goal and two assists. Wingate leads the squad in shots with 14. Smith has recorded three points on a goal and an assist while Chaput, Albers, Ugo Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Lukas Goerigk (Berlin, Germany) each have a pair of points on a goal. Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) also has two points, stemming from two assists.
Worra comes into the game with an overall record of 3-1-0, starting each of the four games he has played. He has a 0.48 goals against average and a .900 save percentage. His save percentage ranks him 11th in the nation in the category while his GAA puts him 19th in the country. Giovani Riello (Sao Paulo, Brazil) has recorded a 1-1-0 record with one shutout. He has a 1.00 goals against average and a .667 save percentage.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE 'LOPES: Grand Canyon fell by a score of 2-1 in its last match at Stanford. GCU's Gerritt Thomes got the 'Lopes on the board first with his second goal of the season. Thomes shot the ball from 30 yards out and put it into the back of the net on the far side. Stanford rallied with a goal in the 32nd minute and a penalty kick in the 36th minute. Goalkeeper Joshua Zehring made eight saves on 10 shots he faced. His record fell to 1-3-1. Stanford outshot Grand Canyon by a margin of 25-2 in the game.
SCOUTING GRAND CANYON: The 'Lopes are led by Kyle Ciliento, who comes into the game with seven points on three goals and one assist. Thomes ranks second in points as he has tallied a pair of goals and one assist for five points. Jose Rodriguez Nieblas has a pair of points on a goal. Zehring has seen all of the action in net for GCU this season, playing every minute of the first five games. He comes in with a record of 1-3-1, a goals against average of 1.72 and a save percentage of .654.
UP NEXT FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats are back on the road in the next match as they travel to Hofstra on Saturday, Sept. 28. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.