CHICAGO – For the second consecutive game, the University at Albany (1-2-1) men’s soccer team fell 3-0 to a Chicago opponent, this time Loyola-Chicago (3-0-0).
“This trip has been a great early test for us,” said head coach Trevor Gorman. “Loyola is an excellent team and we played well for long stretches against them.”
Sunday’s game against the Ramblers was the first-ever meeting between the two teams, as was UAlbany’s Friday matchup against DePaul.
The game remained tied through the duration of the first half, with neither team able to notch a goal before the intermission. The first half proved to be weighted towards defense, as the two teams combined for a total of eight shots.
Loyola-Chicago broke the scoreless tie early in the second half, when Ryan Howe scored off a rebound in the 49th minute to give the Ramblers a 1-0 lead. After another 20 minutes of scoreless play, Loyola-Chicago notched goals in the 72nd and 75th minute to take a 3-0 lead, which would prove to be the final score of match. Alec Lasinski scored the second goal, a header into the middle of the net off a cross to the top of the six-yard box. And Ryan Walker scored Loyola-Chicago’s third goal from 12 yards out to the far post. Brody Kraussel assisted on both the second and third goals.
“Ultimately we gave up an easy goal early in the second half and our legs were heavy late but I’m proud of our guys and confident lessons learned this weekend will serve us well this season,” said Gorman.
Loyola-Chicago out-shot UAlbany 12-1 in the second half. UAlbany goalkeeper Danny Vitiello (1-2-1) recorded seven saves in the game, including six in the second half.
The Great Danes next play at Massachusetts on Tuesday, September 13 at 4:00 p.m.