BALTIMORE, Md. – The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team was edged by a score of 1-0 at eighth-ranked University of Maryland, Baltimore County Saturday night.
The loss was the first for the Wildcats in the last five games and puts UNH at 9-4-0 overall and to 3-1-1 in America East play while UMBC improves to 12-1-1 overall and to 3-0-1 in conference action.
The Wildcats opened up the offense as senior Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) fired a shot in the 17th minute that was blocked by the UMBC defense. UMBC's Pete Caringi countered with a header attempt in the 22nd minute, but the shot went wide to the left side of the goal.
Wildcat goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) made his first save of the night in the 31st minute when Kadeem Darces took a shot from the left side of the net. The Retrievers notched a pair of consecutive shots in the 37th and 40th minutes of play, but both attempts were off target. Freshman Gunnar Ericsson (Atkinson, N.H.) ripped a shot from close proximity on the right side of the net, but the shot was just wide of the target.
With one half in the books, the score was deadlocked, 0-0.
UMBC took a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute of play as Mamadou Kansaye recorded the tally. Kansaye took a free kick from 20 yards out that just escaped the hands of Worra and found the back of the net. Worra remained resilient and kept the UMBC attack at bay as he denied Geaton Caltabiano.
Erik Martel (Bedford, N.H.) tried to get the Wildcats on the board in the 63rd minute, but his shot was blocked by the UMBC defense. Darces took aim at the UNH net in the 70th minute, but his close-range shot went high of the net.
Ugochukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) nearly tied the game in the 73rd minute as he notched a header attempt, but UMBC goalkeeper Phil Saunders saved the shot. Worra came up with a pair of saves in the 78th minute as Caringi notched back-to-back shots to no avail. At the end of the second half, the Retrievers held on for the 1-0 victory.
Worra made four saves on the five shots he faced on the night. His record falls to 6-2-0. Saunders saved the only shot-on-goal attempt of the night he faced from the Wildcats as his record improves to 12-1-1.
The Wildcats remain on the road as they travel to Albany on Saturday, Oct. 26. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.