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UAlbany Women’s Soccer Edged in Capital District Battle at Siena 1-0

UAlbany Sports Information   08-26-2016

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Despite outshooting its opponent 13-8 in the game, the UAlbany women’s soccer team fell to crosstown foe Siena 1-0 on the road on Friday night.

UAlbany (1-2) was unable to get on the scoreboard with a 41st minute goal by Kelsey Horst for Siena (1-0-2) being the difference in the game.

“This was not the performance we had hoped for, but we have to deal with the results and move forward from here,” said UAlbany coach Caitlin Cucchiella.

Meghan Cavanaugh led the Great Danes with six shots, putting two on goal.  Kiana Rugar came off the bench and had three shots.  Chloe Borasky got the defeat in goal, saving three shots.

Horst’s goal was her second of the season with Andrea Pereira and Madison Vasquez each picking up assists.  Kamryn Peffley picked up the victory with five saves.

With play in the midfield going back and forth, Siena took the first early attempts.  A shot from Lindsay Mulligan was saved in the eighth minute by Borasky.

UAlbany drew up its first corner kick in the 16th minute.  Caroline Kopp’s corner did not result in a shot.  Siena countered the other way and drew a chance on its own corner, with Gabby Albano’s header missing wide of the post.  Borasky saved another attempt minutes later from Tara Sobierajski.

Cavanaugh kept finding open space and went for the goal again and again as UAlbany dominated possession starting in the 31st minute.  Cavanaugh’s first chance was saved, then later she tried off her own blocked kick and missed high.

In minute 37, Cavanaugh’s shot was saved by the Siena keeper.  A second chance effort by Vivian Vega was just wide, ending the threat.  UAlbany kept up the pressure as Rugar got close minutes later, seeing her header stopped by Peffley.

Siena went on a counter attack and got on the scoreboard first as Horst hit a shot inside the left post off a through ball to put the Saints up 1-0, the eventual halftime score.

UAlbany had the first chance early in the second half as Mariah Williams put a shot on net, but Peffley made the save.

The Great Danes kept picking up corner kick chances, but could not turn them into shots.  In the 78th minute, Rugar again got some space at the border of the penalty box and went for the goal long range, missing high.

The home team picked up a couple of corner kicks in the 80th and 82nd minutes, not converting on either opportunity.

Rugar got one last chance in the waning minutes but saw her shot blocked.  Siena held the rest of the way and took the 1-0 victory.

UAlbany will play its fourth road game in a row in the home state next, heading west to take on Syracuse on Sunday, August 28th at 1 p.m.

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