Cavanaugh Scores First Career Goal as UAlbany Women’s Soccer Falls at Dartmouth 3-1
HANOVER, N.H. – Shen grad Meghan Cavanaugh netted her first career goal in a comeback attempt, but UAlbany women’s soccer fell at Dartmouth 3-1 on Friday night to finish non-conference play.
UAlbany (3-6) went into halftime down 1-0 with Dartmouth (5-2) scored two quick second half goals to build a three-point lead. Cavanaugh netted her goal from Caroline Kopp on a rebound in the box in the 82nd minute, but UAlbany could not get closer.
“Dartmouth’s pace and athleticism got the best of us tonight,” said UAlbany head coach Caitlin Cucchiella. “I was glad we were able to continue to push offensive late in the game to get a goal back.”
Kopp’s assist was her fourth of the season to lead the team. Alana Olivieri had six saves in the loss in goal.
Bianca Ribi scored the first half goal in the 42nd minute, followed by Brittany Champagne in the 46th and Remy Borinsky in the 51st. Casey Cousineau picked up the victory in goal with a save.
UAlbany defended against a couple of early corner kicks as two Dartmouth shots missed the woodwork. No shots on goal came in the first 16 minutes of play.
Olivieri stood strong in the early going, saving four shots in a span of 10 minutes, including three from Zoe Enright. UAlbany got its first chance in the 29th minute as Cavanaugh’s shot went high. The ensuing UAlbany corner kick did not result in a shot.
Two more Dartmouth shots in the following minutes were saved by Olivieri. In minute 42, Olivieri got unlucky as a shot from Ribi hit the post and bounced into the net for a 1-0 Dartmouth lead.
UAlbany kept going and had Caitlyn Paltsios put a shot on goal, with Cousineau making the save in the 44th minute. Dartmouth took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
Dartmouth got a goal in the opening minute of the second as Champagne scored on a long range shot from the top of the box over Olivieri for a 2-0 Dartmouth advantage.
In the 51st minute, passes from Holly Patterson and Charlotte Esty came to Borinsky into the box. Borinsky headed the ball into the left corner and scored, putting Dartmouth up 3-0.
UAlbany held against three corner kicks in a span of 70 seconds, not allowing shot on any through the 64th minute.
Dartmouth cleared out a UAlbany corner in the 82nd minute. Kopp sent to the ball to Cavanaugh, who blasted the ball off a rebound and scored, pulling UAlbany within two at 3-1.
UAlbany got one final corner kick chance, but an offsides ended the opportunity. UAlbany fell to Dartmouth 3-1.
UAlbany will rest up for the beginning of conference play, taking on UMass Lowell on the road on Sunday, September 25th at 4 p.m.