WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – As they did to start the regular season, the Univeristy at Albany men’s soccer team (4-3-2, 0-0-1 AE) tied their conference opener, this time in 0-0 match against Hartford (4-4-2, 0-0-1 AE).
After scoring seven goals in their last two games, the Great Danes were unable to find the back of the net on Saturday night.
UAlbany didn’t record its first shot until the 16th minute off the second of two consecutive corner kicks. Senior Luke Palmateer redirected the corner kick from Daniel Krutzen with a header that fell wide right of the net. The Great Danes had a number of other opportunities throughout the half, but went into halftime knotted at zero.
UAlbany pressed its offensive game aggressively to start the second half, recording four consecutive shots in the first ten minutes. The shots came fewer and further between after that stretch for the remainder of the second half, as overtime loomed with neither team finding a way to break through the others’ defense.
The second half came to an end with the score still 0-0. UAlbany outshot Hartford 13-7 in regulation.
Eight minutes into the first overtime, Hartford nearly broke the tie, but UAlbany goalkeeper Danny Vitiello made a one-handed save to keep the Great Danes alive. UAlbany returned the favor early in the second overtime, only to have Hartford’s goalie, Jimmy Slayton, make two one-handed saves in short succession. Hartford withstood UAlbany’s high pressure through the early part of the second overtime, ultimately ending the game tied 0-0.
UAlbany plays its next two games at home, first on Tuesday, October 4 against Syracuse, and then Friday, October 7 against Vermont. Both games kick off at 7:00 p.m.