Wildcats shutout Hartford
Published: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Updated: Saturday, October 19, 2013 19:10
The University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team shined again at home and continues to show defensive dominance throughout the season with its seventh shutout victory in 12 games following Thursday night’s 2-0 win against Hartford.
The win is the fourth consecutive and brings the Wildcats to 9-3-0 on the year and to 3-0-0 in America East play. Hartford falls to 8-3-2 overall and to 1-2-0 in conference action.
The Wildcats scoring began in the fiftieth minute of play that began with a long throw into the box by Connor Pauley. Andrew Chaput connected with the throw on a header attempt that hit the crossbar, but Uche was there to knock the ball into the net with a header of his own for the goal to take the 1-0 lead. The goal marks Uche’s fourth on the season as well as his third in the last three games.
Later in the seventy-ninth minute, Schlatter notched his first goal of the season to give the Wildcats a 2-0 cushion. Pauley launched another long throw that was headed away by the Hartford defense and out to A.J. Albers. Albers knocked a pass over to Byron Greenwood who played a long ball into the box finding teammate Duff Thomson to head the ball to Schlatter who in turn blasted the ball to the lower right corner of the net.
Hartford continued to put pressure throughout the game firing shots, but a resilient Travis Worra in net refused to let anything past him. With a strong defense, and a steady offense, the Wildcats took the win 2-0 at the end of the ninetieth minute.
The eight-save effort helped Worra to his fifth shutout of the year and improves his record to 7-1-0. He has allowed just three goals all year for a nation-leading 0.36 goals against average and also a nation-leading .929 save percentage.
The Wildcats are on the road in their next contest as they travel to eighth-ranked UMBC on Saturday, Oct. 19. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Retriever Park.