DURHAM, N.H. – New Hampshire's Ugochukwu Uche pushed the ball past junior keeper Mitch Kupstas (Suwanee, Ga.) in the 64th minute to help lead the Wildcats over the Brown men's soccer team, 1-0, in non-league action Tuesday afternoon at Cowell Stadium.
Brown drops to 3-5-2 overall and remains at 0-0-1 in Ivy League play, while New Hampshire improves to 7-3-0 overall.
UNH controlled the opening stages of the contest as the Wildcats reeled off five shots and six corner kicks in the first 16 minutes. However, the Bears responded with five shots in a six-minute span, highlighted by back-to-back chances by sophomore Will Cross (Nashville, Tenn.) and freshman Nate Pomeroy (Groton, Mass.), but UNH keeper Giovani Riello saved both shots to keep the game scoreless.
Brown held a slim 4-3 edge in shots for the remainder of the opening half as the teams were evenly matched on the offense end with nine shots apiece in the first stanza.
New Hampshire opened up the scoring at 63:24 for the lone goal of the contest. Steven Palumbo started the play with a pass to Erik Martel, who hit Uche in open space for the fast break goal as the home side took the lead, 1-0.
UNH came back with four unanswered shots after the goal, but Brown countered from there as the Bears took the final four shots of the contest, all in the final 10 minutes. Junior Daniel Taylor (Greenwich, Conn.) posted consecutive shots, but both were blocked, while junior Alex Markes (Valencia, Calif.) had a final shot denied by Riello in the waning minutes as the Wildcats held on for the win.
Brown held an advantage in both shots, 16-14, and corner kicks, 6-4, while Kupstas made six saves in net for the visitors. Riello made three saves on the other end for the Wildcats.
The Bears return to action on Saturday, Oct. 12 when they host Princeton in the second half of a doubleheader with the women's team. The game is slated to start at 7 p.m. For tickets, purchase online, call the Brown Athletics Ticket Office at (401) 863-2773, or walk up to the Box Office located in the Pizzitola Sports Center, open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.