CHICAGO – After hosting two home games to open the season in which they tied and won, the University at Albany (1-1-1) men’s soccer team visited DePaul (1-1-1) for its first road game of 2016. The Great Danes fell to the Blue Demons by a final score of 3-0.
“Of course we’re disappointed by the result,” said head coach Trevor Gorman. “We felt to be down the two goals at the half was harsh on us given the way we played.”
Friday’s game represented the first-ever meeting between UAlbany and DePaul. The same will be true for UAlbany’s next game on Sunday against Loyola-Chicago
DePaul’s first goal came in the 11th minute off of a free kick by Philipp Koenigstein from just outside the box. UAlbany had its first opportunity to score in the 19th minute when Ivan Martinez had his shot blocked. Three minutes later, DePaul scored its second goal of the match, a shot from 20 yards out by Stijn van der Slot.
After playing to a stalemate for the remainder of the first half, DePaul scored its third and final goal in the 53rd minute, a center-net score by van der Slot from Kevin Beyer. Ultimately, the two-goal halftime deficit and the additional goal scored early in the second half proved too much to overcome for the Great Danes. Even a late game push to score with shots by Leo Melgar in the 86th minute and Pedro Espindola in the 89th came up empty.
“We had to chase the game in the second half and that’s always difficult against good teams,” said Gorman. “It’s a valuable experience and we’re looking forward to playing again on Sunday."
UAlbany will remain in the Chicago area through the weekend, and will play Loyola-Chicago on Sunday, September 4 at 4:00 p.m.