Schneider Moves to Fourth All-Time in Goals in UAlbany Women’s Soccer History in 2-1 Overtime Loss to Seton Hall
ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany women’s soccer team went to overtime for the second straight home game, falling to Seton Hall 2-1 just under three minutes into extra time on Thursday night.
Alexa Schneider netted a goal minutes into the second half for UAlbany (2-5) off a corner kick from Caroline Kopp. Seton Hall (3-3) netted the equalizer off a Lauren Hall goal in the 77th minute and saw Siobhan McGovern score on a corner kick 2:47 into overtime for the golden goal.
“We had some of our best moments tonight, but the end result did not reflect the many positives we will take out of the match,” said UAlbany head coach Caitlin Cucchiella.
Schneider’s goal was her 16th of her collegiate career, tying her with Sara Rickard and Anna Courtney for fourth all-time in UAlbany women’s soccer history.
Sarah Cortes and Frankie Maier assisted the first and second goals, respectively. The win went to Anna MacLean with one save.
5:15 into the first half, a foul on UAlbany drew a penalty kick for Maier and Seton Hall. Her kick was saved by a diving Olivieri by the left post. That was the only shot in the first 17 minutes of play.
Sarah Schweinberg put a corner kick into the box in the 22nd minute. Hill’s shot on the first touch was blocked, followed by a second attempt by Taylor Cutcliff being blocked as well. Seton Hall fired three more corner kicks in the following minutes, but UAlbany’s defense held on all attempts.
Minute 34 saw UAlbany race down the field as a cross came towards Schneider for a header, missing wide right.
A 39th minute long range shot by Lauren Dao was saved by Olivieri. UAlbany and Seton Hall went into halftime tied at zero.
UAlbany picked up the first chance of the second half with a Kopp corner kick in the 47th minute. She found Schneider for the header under the crossbar and inside the left post for the goal, putting UAlbany up 1-0.
Paltsios went for a long range fire on a free kick in the 51st minute, aiming from 35 yards away. A jumping MacLean made the save.
UAlbany controlled possession for most of the following 20 minutes, with Paltsios adding another attempt in the 67th minute, missing the net high on a long range attempt towards the right post.
In the 77th minute, Cortes went down the sideline and crossed the ball into the middle of the box. Hall tapped its off her left foot for a ground ball inside the left post close range to tie the score.
UAlbany had two more corner kicks, but did not get a shot off. The teams went into overtime at 1-1.
A Maier shot was touched by Olivieri and went out of bounds to set up the corner kick. Maier’s corner kick went to the head of McGovern for a score inside the right post for the golden goal winner in the 93rd minute.
UAlbany will play its final non-conference home game on Sunday, September 11th, hosting Quinnipiac at 1 p.m. at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.