Tudela Lifts Men’s Soccer over Grand Canyon in OT, 1-0
DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore Jesus Tudela (Zaragoza, Spain) scored the game-winning goal in the eighth minute of overtime to lift the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team over Grand Canyon University, 1-0, Saturday night.
The win improves the Wildcats to 5-2-0 on the year while the Antelopes fall to 1-4-1 overall. The goal was Tudela's second-consecutive game winner.
UNH's Steve Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) sparked the offense in the game with a header shot in the 10th minute of the game. The attempt was saved by Antelope goalie Joshua Zehring. Tudela followed suit with a header in the 13th minute.
Wildcat goalie Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) made a pair of back-to-back saves in the 19th and 21st minute to preserve the 0-0 tie. The junior made another big save as GCU's Alberto Sanchez Garcia ripped a shot from just outside the 18-yard mark. In all, Worra made three saves in the half for the Wildcats as Zehring made four.
At the end of the first stanza, the score remained tied, 0-0.
With less than four minutes remaining, junior David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) blazed into the Grand Canyon box after beating a pair of GCU defenders. He ripped a shot that went just over the bar. Inside the 30 second mark, Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) launched a shot at the Antelope net to try and give the 'Cats the lead, but his shot was just high of the net. At the end of regulation, the game was headed into overtime with a score of 0-0.
At the 7:06 mark of the overtime frame, Tudela lifted the Wildcats with his second goal of the season and second in as many games. Schlatter played the ball in from outside the box and found Tudela not far from the goal. Tudela turned and ripped a shot past Zehring to give the 'Cats the win.
Worra posted his third shutout of the season as he made saves on all four shots he faced in net. His record improves to 4-1-0. Zehring gave up one goal on six shots faced as he picked up the loss in the match. His record falls to 1-4-1. The Wildcats out shot the Antelopes, 16-11.
The squad returns to action when it travels to Hofstra on Saturday, Sept. 28 for an afternoon tilt. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m.