Kiana Rugar Matches UAlbany Women’s Soccer Career Assists Record in 4-0 Victory over Stony Brook
ALBANY, N.Y. – UAlbany women’s soccer forward Kiana Rugar tied the program record in career assists with her 14th as the Great Danes pounded rival Stony Brook 4-0 in the America East home opener on Thursday night.
Up by one at halftime thanks to a Vivian Vega goal, UAlbany (4-7, 1-1 AE) set up Meghan Cavanaugh for two consecutive scores, with the first being assisted by Rugar for the career mark. Caitlyn Paltsios added the final insurance goal as Chloe Borasky held with a career-high nine saves against the Stony Brook (3-7-2, 0-1 AE) attack. Four goals is a game-high for UAlbany this season.
“It was a big win for us tonight, it shows that we can be a danger offensively, and we are very proud of the collective effort and earning the shutout,” said UAlbany head coach Caitlin Cuccheilla.
Rugar tied the career assists mark set by Krista Fitzpatrick, who had 14 from 2012-15.
“It feels great to tie the record,” said Rugar. “Hopefully I can add to it, but I wouldn’t have been able to do it without [Cavanaugh] finishing the ball.”
“It was a big win for us tonight, it shows our intensity to play right now,” said Borasky. “Our defense was really communicating tonight.”
Priscilla Wiggins had a team-high four shots for Stony Brook while Christen Cahill and Lindsay Hutchinson each had three. Shannon Robinson got the defeat in goal with seven saves.
After 12 minutes of possession primary in the midfield, UAlbany started to get looks in the offensive end, peppering three shots on goal in three minutes. A cross from Kopp to Williams went off the latter’s chest towards the left post, being saved by a diving Robinson.
Stony Brook got its chances starting in the 18th minute, putting three long range shots against Borasky. The freshman saved all three.
UAlbany picked up a corner kick in the 28th minute. Kopp went for the goal on her kick, missing short and out of bounds.
Kopp had another chance in the 35th minute. Her cross on the corner was headed by Schneider to Vega, who kneed the ball into the net to give UAlbany the 1-0 lead, the eventual halftime score.
UAlbany pressured Robinson early in the second half, with a cross from Paltsios finding Kopp next to the post for the header. Robinson dove and saved the shot. Minutes later, Paltsios fired from long range and slammed the crossbar. A second attempt off the rebound by her missed high.
Rugar got the ball down the flank and blasted a cross to the other side of the goal box. Cavanaugh kicked the ball on the first touch and scored inside the left post for a 2-0 UAlbany lead in the 53rd minute.
In minute 59 after a missed corner, Kopp took another corner towards Paltsios. Paltsios kicked towards the right post with a Stony Brook defender stopping the ball and clearing it out.
In the middle of the field in the 68th minute, Bracamonte passed off to Cavanaugh. The freshman, next to a pair of defenders, crushed the ball and scored on a narrow angle inside the left post for the score, making it 3-0 UAlbany.
Borasky kept holding on Stony Brook’s long range attempts, saving two shots from Cahill in a span of a couple of minutes.
UAlbany scored its final goal of the game in the 80th minute as Williams kiced a thru ball to a running Paltsios. Paltsios, from the left side, blasted the ball inside the right post for the score as UAlbany took a 4-0 lead.
Stony Brook’s last attempt from Manuela Corcho went wide in the final minute as UAlbany took the 4-0 win.
UAlbany will wait a week until its next game, heading to the Southern Tier to play Binghamton on Thursday, October 6th at 7 p.m.