UAlbany Women’s Soccer Felled Late at Marist 2-1
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Playing with 10 personnel all second half, the UAlbany women’s soccer team took the lead in the 50th minute but was defeated by Marist 2-1 after a pair of late goals.
UAlbany (2-4), down a player due to a red card in the 29th minute, scored first in the 50th minute off an Alexa Schneider goal, shaking off a defender to score from 20 yards away. Marist (2-2) got the next two goals in the 68th and 80th minutes to get the victory.
“We were able to create opportunities to come out of this game on top, but it is hard to go 90 minutes and not allow chances late,” said UAlbany head coach Caitlin Cucchiella. “Marist capitalized on two chances when we got fatigued.
Schneider’s goal, on three shots, was her second of the season. Meghan Cavanaugh and Kiana Rugar each had two shots. Alana Olivieri got the loss in goal with four saves, including three in the second half.
Keri Bradley and Ashlee Burke netted goals in the 68th and 80th minutes respectively. Makala Foley picked up the victory in net with three saves.
Early on, UAlbany looked to Caroline Kopp to push the ball down the side and set up crosses. UAlbany’s first chance came in the middle as Caitlyn Paltsios made a perfect pass to a running Meghan Cavanaugh through the defensive line, but the long range shot went just high in the seventh minute.
In minute 15th, Marist looked to counter after a offsides call on UAlbany, drawing a foul from 35 yards out. Camille Bowen went for the goal on the free kick, missing wide left.
Kopp nearly got a breakaway in the 26th minute down the left side, but Foely fell on the ball. Not a minute later, Cavanaugh burst down the right side and crossed into the middle for Kimberly Dieroff for the one touch shot, but Foley was there for the save.
UAlbany was forced to compete a player down during the 29th minute as Vivian Vega was given a red card.
UAlbany was still getting chances by slipping past the Marist back line with each Paltsios and Kiana Rugar getting away, but each time Foley stopped the chance.
Marist drew a foul for a free kick just outside the 18-yard box in the final minute of the first, missing right on the direct shot. UAlbany and Marist went into halftime tied at zero.
In the 50th minute, a pass from near side to far side found Schneider rushing towards the box. Schneider stepped around her defender and fired the ball with her right post past a diving Foley into the right post to put UAlbany up 1-0.
The Great Danes kept protecting against Marist pressure, not allowing shots on two Red Fox corner attempts in the first 15 minutes of the half.
After the defense kept holding, in the 68th minute, Marist got on the board as the ball was put into the middle of the box and bounced around. Bradley got a foot on the ball and put it just under the crossbar for the score, tying the game at 1-1.
Cavanaugh got some room in the 75th minute after getting the ball through two defenders, shooting on a narrow angle with Foley diving and saving right post. The resulting corner kick was cleared away.
Marist stole a possession from the UAlbany back line in minute 80 as Bradley kicked for the cage from 20 out, with a diving Olivieri saving the shot on a dive. The resulting corner kick was placed next to the left post around multiple players as Burke pushed the ball into the net for the score, putting the home team ahead 2-1.
Olivieri saved a potential third goal minutes later off a direct kick from far away from Ashlee Burke, jumping and knocking the ball down above the crossbar.
UAlbany picked up a couple of late corner kicks but could not pick up shots on either one. UAlbany fell to Marist 2-1.
UAlbany will stay at home next week with two games, starting against Seton Hall on Thursday, September 8th at 7 p.m. at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.