ONEONTA, N.Y. – The University at Albany men’s soccer team (9-4-2, 3-1-1 AE) rebounded Tuesday night after a weekend loss, defeating the hosting Hartwick Hawks (7-3-4) by a score of 3-0.
The Great Danes got off to a quick start, with junior forward Afonso Pinheiro scoring in the eighth minute. It was Pinheiro’s first goal since scoring twice against Vermont on October 7.
A foul in the defensive box had UAlbany goalkeeper Lucas Vallilo facing down a penalty kick, just sixteen minutes of game-time since Stony Brook defeated UAlbany on a penalty kick in overtime last weekend. Valillo came through with a save to keep Hartwick off the scoreboard.
Six minutes later, senior midfielder Leo Melgar, who assisted on Pinheiro’s goal, netted one of his own in the 21st minute, giving UAlbany a 2-0 lead.
The 2-0 score in favor of the Great Danes held until the 74th minute, when Pinheiro broke through on the left side, weaved around the Hartwick goalkeeper, and placed the ball low in the net for his second goal of the night.
Pinheiro’s second score would prove to be the last of the evening, as UAlbany went on to win 3-0. He was assisted by Nico Solabarrieta, who tallied a point for the fourth time in his last five games.
Vallilo recorded six saves in the match. The Hawks were not without their chances. They outshot UAlbany 6-2 in the first half and 14-10 overall, and took eight corner kicks to UAlbany’s one.
The Great Danes return to conference play Saturday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. for a showdown with UMass Lowell, who remains tied with UAlbany atop the America East standings. The Riverhawks, who will host Saturday’s match, have ranked as highly as 14th in the country this season, and are currently ranked 19th.