HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team was edged by Hofstra on the road Saturday afternoon, 1-0. The loss drops the 'Cats to 5-3-0 on the year while the Pride improve to 4-3-1 overall.
ute, Ugochukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) nearly got the Wildcats on the board as he ripped a shot that hit the post. Sophomore Lukas Goerigk (Berlin, Germany) had taken a shot just seconds before Uche that was saved by Hofstra goalie Patric Pray. Uche's shot was a result of the rebound.
The Pride had a similar situation in the 39th minute when Kyle Poetzsch notched a header attempt that hit the post. The rebound attempt by Poetzsch was blocked by the Wildcat defense. Junior David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) was denied by the post in the next minute when he blasted a shot at the Hofstra net. At the end of the first half, the score remained tied, 0-0.
Hofstra's Maid Memic had a pair of shots blocked within a six-second span in the 52nd minute to begin the second half. Freshman Gunnar Ericsson (Atkinson, Mass.) retaliated with a shot-on-goal in the 56th minute, but the attempt was saved by Pray.
In the next minute of play, Memic gave the Pride a 1-0 lead with his fourth goal of the season. Maid found a deflected attempt in the box and was able to send it into the goal just above freshman goalie Giovani Riello (Sao Paulo, Brazil).
Freshman Christopher Wingate (Hovik, Norway) launched an attempt in the 80th minute of play that went just high of the net. Uche notched a pair of shots with just seconds remaining in the match, one of which was saved while the other was just wide. At the end of 90 minutes, Hofstra held on for a 1-0 win.
Riello made three saves on the four shots he faced as his record fell to 1-2-0 on the year. Pray earned his first win of the year as he made three saves. His record stands at 1-0-0. Hofstra held a slight advantage in shots by a margin of 15-12.
The 'Cats are back on the pitch Saturday, Oct. 5 as they open up the conference slate at UMass Lowell. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.