Kiana Rugar Earns Program Career Record 15th Assist as UAlbany Women’s Soccer Takes Down Vermont 3-0
ALBANY, N.Y. – Including a program record 15th-career assist and insurance goal from Kiana Rugar, the UAlbany women’s soccer team secured at least one home game in the upcoming America East Tournament with a 3-0 home victory over Vermont on Sunday afternoon.
UAlbany (7-7-1, 4-1-1 AE) is now unbeaten in its last five games, all America East contests, and will be at least a top-four seed in the America East Tournament. The Great Danes earned their fourth shutout victory of the year over Vermont (6-6-3, 1-3-2 AE).
“We were possessing the ball, but our tempo was a little slower than usual,” said UAlbany head coach Caitlin Cucchiella. “But, we were able to get the job done and multiple players stepped up.”
Rugar’s 15th career assist, one ahead of Alexa Schneider and Krista Fitzpatrick for the program record, was notched on a Vivian Vega goal in the 31st minute. She added a goal in the 54th minute for three points from Meghan Cavanaugh, who also assisted the next goal by Bianca Webb in the final minutes of the game.
“It feels great to set a record here,” said Rugar. “We knew we had to press Vermont, and we were able to win the ball and get some chances.”
Chloe Borasky earned the shutout for UAlbany in goal with six saves in goal.
Sarah Martin and Caitie Green each had three shots for Vermont. Coco Speckmaier had four saves in 90 minutes in the defeat.
Vermont got the first couple of looks on corner kicks in the opening minutes, with neither ending in shots. Martin aimed for the cage twice in the following minutes, with Borasky saving one and the other going high.
In the 19th minute, Rugar shot for the cage, being blocked. Seconds later, Schneider got a look, with Speckmaier making the save.
In the 30th minute, Rugar passed the ball through two defenders to Vega, who ran forward and buried a shot inside the right post for the 1-0 UAlbany lead.
UAlbany had another look in the 40th minute as Paltsios sent a corner kick to the box, again being cleared away. Meagan O’Neil had an attempt blocked. UAlbany went into the locker room up 1-0.
Into the second half, Cavanaugh rushed forward for a header off a cross, slamming the left side of the crossbar. On second effort, Rugar kicked the ball off the first touch and scored for a 2-0 UAlbany advantage in the 54th minute.
Off a cleared corner, Anna Keimel sent a long shot to the cage, with a jumping Borasky punching the ball away. The ensuing corner kick did not result in a shot.
Vermont got another corner kick in the 71st minute, sending the ball to Nikki McFarland for the header, being blocked by a jumping defender. A minute later, Colby Snyder’s shot was also saved by Borasky.
Mariah Williams nearly added UAlbany’s third goal in the 86th minute with a long range, curling ball, hitting the left post.
Cavanaugh set up Webb for the shot on a low cross in the 88th minute. Webb finished her shot inside the right post for the eventual 3-0 UAlbany final score.
UAlbany heads to Maine for its next game on Thursday, October 20th at 7 p.m.