Bill Ziskin

Menís Soccer Defeats Lafayette 1-0

UAlbany Sports Information   08-30-2016

ALBANY, N.Y. – After tying in the season opener, the University at Albany (1-0-1) men’s soccer program earned its first victory of the 2016 season with a win over visiting Lafayette College (0-2-0) 1-0 on Tuesday night.  It was the second consecutive home game for the Great Danes, before they embark on a five game road trip.

“I thought tonight was a very mature performance,” said head coach Trevor Gorman.  “Lafayette is a very good team, they’re very organized.  They’re difficult to play against, and difficult to score on.  We were pleased to keep up our tempo throughout the game.”

The first and only goal of the game came in the 10th minute, when Afonso Pinheiro ripped a shot from the top of the box past the Lafayette goalkeeper, Brad Seeber (0-2-0).  Pinheiro was set up on a through ball from Carlos Clark.

“The early goal helps, said Gorman, “and we’re confident about the way we went about our business.”

The low-scoring affair saw just seven total shots in the first half, and nine total in the second.  Lafayette’s best scoring chances came on headers.  The first came in the second minute of the game, off a throw in from the left side that missed wide left.  The second came in the 69th minute but was scooped up by UAlbany goalkeeper Danny Vitiello (1-0-1).

UAlbany’s next best scoring opportunity came early in the second half off a draw from the left side that went through the box.  Seeber bobbled the save but recovered in time before UAlbany had an opportunity to capitalize on the play.  Three minutes later, Pedro Espindola ripped a shot from the top of the box that Seeber deflected just over the crossbar.

 With two games played, the team now looks ahead to a month-long, five-game road trip during with the Great Danes will face DePaul, Loyola-Chicago, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Boston College.

“We’re looking forward to go out of our region,” said Gorman.  “This weekend we’re playing two quality teams, so it will be a good challenge.   It will be something new, something fresh.”

Coach Gorman isn’t concerned about any mental fatigue such a long time away from home may offer his team.

“It’s only a problem if you let it be,” Gorman said.  “ There’s a lot to enjoy about playing on the road.  The team can bond.  We can see new places.”

“We hope this trip will show that we can rise to any occasion,” Gorman continued.  “We enjoy challenging ourselves and seeing how we do.  From here, the goal is to continue getting better each game.”

Next up for the Great Danes is a trip to the Chicago area, where they will play games against DePaul (0-1-1) on Friday, September 2, and Loyola-Chicago (1-0-0), on Sunday, September 4.

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