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UAlbany Womenís Soccer Falls 3-0 at St. Johnís to Close Out Weekend

UAlbany Sports Information   08-21-2016

QUEENS, N.Y. – Battling the elements and a 2015 NCAA Tournament at-large participant, the UAlbany women’s soccer team fell 3-0 to St. John’s in New York City on Sunday night.

UAlbany (1-1) trailed by one goal at the half to St. John’s (2-0), playing in the pouring rain in Queens, and could not make up the deficit.  St. John’s scored twice in the second to secure the victory.

“We will learn from tonight’s match,” said UAlbany coach Caitlin Cucchiella. “We will be better prepared for this coming weekend.”

Chloe Borasky saved four shots in goal despite the loss.  Alexa Schneider, Kimberly Dieroff and Caitlyn Paltsios all had shots for the Great Danes.

Anna Baldursdottir scored St. John’s opening goal in the 24th minute, followed by Samie Scaffidi and Christina Bellero getting second half scores.  Diana Poulin, the reigning Big East Goalkeeper of the Year, recorded the shutout with one save.

Both teams tried to find rhythm on a rain-soaked field early as the precipitation started well before opening kick.  Each side got chances in the first 10 minutes in the other penalty areas, but the sides combined for one shot.

St. John’s picked up a corner kick opportunity in the 12th minute and placed the ball near the goal line.  Borasky jumped and grabbed the ball before it landed to end the threat.

UAlbany got its first opportunity in the 14th minute as a pass from left to right found Dieroff, who blasted a long range shot from 25 out, being punched above the crossbar by the keeper.  The resulting corner was headed away by the home team.

UAlbany defending against a St. John’s breakaway as Shea Connors tried a turnaround shot that was blocked by a running Claire Urquhart.  On the corner, Alexis Urbanski found Baldursdottir on the right side of the six yard box for the first touch kick and score inside the post to give St. John’s the 1-0 advantage in the 24th minute.

The home team continued the long range attacks, getting position straight away from at least 20 yards out.  Shots by Allie Moar and Madeline McCracken each missed wide left.

Schneider got a header chance after a ball was deflected near the sideline in the 39th minute.  Her attempt landed left and high of the woodwork.  The next minute, Paltsios put a corner kick near the six yard box, which was punched away by Poulin.

In the closing minutes of the first, Caroline Kopp fired a cross into the box aiming for Bianca Webb.  Poulin approached and caught the ball to stop a potential shot.  UAlbany trailed 1-0 at the half.

Two minutes into the second half, a free kick was intercepted by Scaffidi.  She passed through the back line and kicked from just inside the penalty box, scoring inside the left post to make it 2-0 St. John’s.

The rain continued to come down heavily as players tried to keep their footing while running on the turf.  UAlbany defended against a long range shot from Moar, which hit the crossbar and went out of bounds.

UAlbany picked up a corner kick chance as Dieroff kicked a ball off a defender while double teamed.  Paltsios put the corner towards the box, but saw Poulin punch away the ball.  St. John’s countered and got its own corner.  The ball was placed about 12 yards out, where Urquhart kicked it away.

In minute 73, St. John’s picked up another corner kick.  A header by Scaffidi was stopped on a dive by Borasky off her hand in the left post, ending the chance.

After two missed shots, Bellero raced forward and stole possession from the UAlbany back line, scoring inside the left post unassisted to put St. John’s up 3-0 in the 78th minute.

UAlbany got a free kick in the final minute of the second, but could not get a shot off.  UAlbany fell to the Red Storm 3-0.

UAlbany continues playing New York-based teams on the road next weekend, heading across town to battle Siena on Friday, August 26th at 7 p.m.

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