DURHAM, N.H. – Riding a four-game unbeaten streak, the University at Albany men’s soccer team (7-3-2, 2-0-1 AE) traveled to conference rival New Hampshire (9-4-0, 1-2-0 AE) Wednesday night. The Great Danes extended their unbeaten streak to five, defeating the Wildcats in spectacular fashion by a score of 2-1.
The Great Danes gave up a goal in the first minute, a deflection off of a UAlbany defender that New Hampshire’s Jack Dickson cleaned up at the six-yard box and placed past UAlbany goalkeeper Danny Vitiello. Both teams recorded eight shots in the first half, but the score remained 1-0 in favor of New Hampshire at halftime.
Nearly 17 minutes had elapsed in the second half before the first shot of the period was recorded, a blocked effort by New Hampshire’s Alex Valencia. UAlbany recorded its first second half shot in the 62nd minute when freshman Brynjar Steinþórsson missed the net high.
The score remained 1-0 until the 84th minute, when UAlbany scored an equalizer. Senior defender Keith Traut collected a loose ball in the New Hampshire box and then ripped a shot into the right side of the net.
With time winding down, it looked as though the Great Danes were destined for another overtime. The Great Danes found one final opportunity when they earned a corner kick in the final minute of regulation. Senior Defender Luke Palmateer placed his kick into the New Hampshire box. After a failure to collect or clear the ball, sophomore forward Nico Solabarrieta took advantage of the chaos and placed a shot into the goal with six seconds remaining in regulation, giving UAlbany a 2-1 lead and leaving New Hampshire with no time to respond.
“We showed great character and belief tonight,” said head coach Trevor Gorman. “To keep battling all game after conceding an early goal, away from home, takes an entire team and I’m proud of our group. Road wins are tough to get in our conference and New Hampshire is a very good team.”
The Great Danes outshot the Wildcats 8-5 in the second half, and 16-13 for the full game. They also earned 10 corner kicks to New Hampshire’s five, including a 7-1 margin in the second half.
Next up for UAlbany is a match at home on Saturday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. against conference opponent UMBC.