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Men's Soccer Advances To Semifinals In Penalty Kicks

UAlbany Sports Information   11-04-2017

Score: UAlbany 1, UMBC 1 (UAlbany advances 4-2 in penalty kicks)

Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.

Records: UAlbany (12-4-2, 4-2-1 AE); UMBC (7-6-5, 2-4-1 AE)

Short Story: After finishing regulation tied at one, the UAlbany men’s soccer team knocked off UMBC 4-2 in penalty kicks to advance to the America East semifinal round.

Coach Gorman:  “We’re thrilled to advance and get a chance to move on in the America East tournament.  I thought it was a hard-fought game between two good teams.  We had good control of it in the first half, and in the second half they pushed it high on us.  For a team to give up a goal late like we did, the mental challenge is strong but we responded very, very well.  We were unlucky not to win the game in the second overtime.  Once it comes to a shootout you just trust your players and I thought our guys were great today.”

Key Stats               

  • UMBC outshot UAlbany 3-0 through the first 11 minutes, but only 4-3 in the first half
  • UMBC outshot UAlbany 12-6 in regulation
  • UAlbany outshot UMBC 5-1 in the second overtime
  • UAlbany put six of 11 shots on goal, compared to three of 14 for UMBC

Key Plays

  • Daniel Krutzen worked a give-and-go with Carlos Clark to set up his fourth goal of the season to put UAlbany up 1-0 in the 18th minute
  • Danny Vitiello, with 16 minutes remaining in the first half, disrupted an open attempt by UMBC to preserve the one-goal lead
  • UMBC’s Sammy Kahsai scored an equalizing goal in the 83rd minute, ultimately forcing overtime
  • UAlbany converted four of five penalty kick attempts in the shootout to advance

Recap

The University at Albany men’s soccer team advanced to the semifinal round of the America East tournament after defeating UMBC 4-2 in penalty kicks.  UAlbany will play in the semifinals for the third consecutive season.

During the regular season, UMBC was the only team to defeat UAlbany by multiple goals, winning 3-1 in Baltimore.  In the rematch, UMBC’s offense came out firing, ripping three shots in the first 11 minutes before UAlbany got off one.  The quick start would prove unsustainable for the Retrievers, who managed just one more shot through the remainder of the first half.

Daniel Krutzen, with an assist from Carlos Clark, broke the scoreless tie in the 18th minute.  A give-and-go with Clark in the top right corner of UMBC’s box left Krutzen with an opening in which he calmly placed the ball past the UMBC keeper’s right side.

UMBC outshot UAlbany 4-3 in the first half but managed just one shot on target.  Both teams drew two corner kicks through the first 45 minutes.

As time wound down in the second half, UMBC’s Sammy Kahsai ripped a shot from 25 yards out in the middle of the field.  UAlbany’s keeper, Danny Vitiello, stretched out his hand to try to push the ball off course but the shot was placed just out of his reach and found the back of the net.  UMBC had tied the game in the 83rd minute, and ultimately forced overtime.

Through regulation, UMBC outshot UAlbany by a margin of 12-6, but had placed only two shots on goal compared to UAlbany’s four.  The first overtime went by without a score and with only one shot from either team, UMBC’s 13th of the game.

In the second overtime, the UAlbany offense picked up the intensity following a barrage of three shots in quick succession.  The Great Danes outshot the Retrievers 5-1 in the second overtime, but were unable to find the back of the net.

The game ended in a tie, and the team to advance would be decided by a penalty shootout.  Krutzen kicked first for UAlbany, successfully converting his attempt.  Vitiello made a diving save to his right side to deny UMBC’s first attempt, immediately putting the Retrievers in a 1-0 hole.  Moosah Khanat put UAlbany up 2-0.  Clark, UAlbany’s third shooter, missed his attempt, giving UMBC a chance to knot things up.  The Retreiver’s third attempt hit the bottom half of the crossbar and bounced away from the goal, preserving the Danes 2-1 advantage. 

Nico Solabarrieta next successfully converted his attempt, putting the Danes up 3-1.  UMBC needed to score to stave off elimination, and their fourth attempt found the back of the net to bring the margin to 3-2.  The game came down to Afonso Pinheiro, who could put UAlbany in the semifinals with a goal.  He lined up his shot and easily placed the ball to the left side of the goal, away from the UMBC keeper who guessed the wrong way.

With the victory in penalty kicks, the Great Danes earned a rematch with Vermont.  UAlbany defeated Vermont 1-0 on the road earlier this season.  The Catamounts were also UAlbany’s opponent in last year’s semifinals, when the Danes won 2-0 to advance to the championship round.

Next: The Great Danes will return to Vermont to play the top-seeded Catamounts in the semifinal round on Wednesday, November 8.

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