LOWELL, Mass. – Sophomore Jesus Tudela (Zaragoza, Spain) scored the game's only goal in the 66th minute of play as the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team shutout UMass Lowell 1-0 in the conference opener.
Tudela opened up the game with a blast on net in the first minute, but the shot was blocked by a defender to prevent the early lead. UMass Lowell's Wuilito Fernandes fired a shot at Worra in the 11th minute, but the goaltender stood strong and made the save. The River Hawks notched a pair of shots in the 19th minute that were both blocked by the Wildcats. Tudela struck a well-placed shot on goal in the 43rd minute, but the attempt was saved by goalie Chris Maierle.
With one half in the books, the score was tied, 0-0.
In the 66th minute of play, Tudela recorded his third goal of the season to give the Wildcats a 1-0 advantage. The play was set up by senior Byron Greenwood (Greenland, N.H.) who played the ball to classmate Steve Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.). Palumbo crossed the ball from the left side to Tudela who buried it in the back of the net.
Palumbo tried to add cushion to UNH's lead in the 76th minute when he blasted a shot on net that was saved by Maierle. The River Hawks tried to rally in the last minute of play as Fernandes placed a shot on net, but Worra made the save to preserve the lead. At the end of the second stanza, the Wildcats earned a 1-0 win.
UMass Lowell held a 13-8 advantage in shots, but the shots-on-goal advantage went to the Wildcats, 5-2.
The team is back in action Tuesday, Oct. 8 as it hosts Brown for a non-conference match. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.