AMHERST, Mass. – The University at Albany men’s soccer team (2-2-1) ended its two-game slide Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over Massachusetts (0-5-1).
After being outscored 6-0 in its last two games, the Great Danes fell behind early on Tuesday when UMass’ Ty Goncalves scored in the 15th minute. The score remained 1-0 for the remainder of the first half.
UAlbany scored an equalizing goal in the 63rd minute when Afonso Pinheiro netted the ball from six yards out after cutting around the UMass goalie. It was Pinheiro’s third goal of the season and 21st of his career, giving him sole possession of first play on the all-time program Division I scoring list. Moosah Khanat assisted on the goal.
With time winding down and the score remaining tied at 1-1, it looked like the Great Danes were headed towards their second overtime game of the season. But, in the 90th minute, UAlbany drew a corner kick for one final opportunity to score. Carlos Clark broke through and scored off a header, set up by Khanat and Daniel Krutzen, giving the Danes a late 2-1 lead, and ultimately, victory.
UAlbany’s offense broke out of its slump from the previous two games, recording 13 shots against the Minutemen, which is more than the previous two games combined. They out-shot UMass in both the first and second halves. Additionally, the Danes outperformed UMass on corner kicks 6-0 for the game.
“Today was a hard fought win on the road,” said head coach Trevor Gorman. “We showed a great response to being down a goal. We kept believing and worked to created chances. We can look to build on this heading into Saturday.”
The Great Danes continue their five-game road trip with a visit to Rhode Island on Saturday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.