LOWELL, Mass. – Entering Saturday, the University at Albany men’s soccer team (9-5-2, 3-2-1 AE) shared the lead in the America East standings with UMass Lowell (12-1-2, 4-1-1 AE). The Riverhawks hosted UAlbany Saturday night, getting the better of the Great Danes by a score of 1-0.
“Tonight was a good game between two top teams,” said head coach Trevor Gorman. “Lowell has had an outstanding season and it was a battle back and forth. As always in these types of games it’s very tight.”
UAlbany and UMass Lowell each had 10 points in-conference before Saturday’s games. Just behind with nine points were Stony Brook and New Hampshire. Hartford had eight points. With New Hampshire winning over Hartford and Stony Brook tying Binghamton, UAlbany fell to fourth in the conference standings.
UMass Lowell now takes sole possession of first place in the conference with 13 points, followed by New Hampshire with 12. UAlbany and Stony Brook have 10, but Stony Brook owns the head-to-head tiebreaker.
UMass Lowell scored the only goal of the game in the 24th minute, beating UAlbany goalkeeper Danny Vitiello on the right side off a pass into the Great Dane box. After that, the UAlbany defense shored up and didn’t allow another score, but the team was unable to break through with an equalizing goal.
The Riverhawks outshot the Great Danes by a margin of 7-4, though UAlbany took more corner kicks, six, than UMass Lowell did, three.
“We had some good chances and got on them in the second half,” said Gorman. “Unfortunately, we allowed that early goal and had to chase the game.”
As far as the conference tournament is concerned, UMass Lowell remains ineligible for this season after its transition to Division I. With the standings still so close, the final seeds will depend upon the results of the final day of the regular season next week, when New Hampshire will play Vermont, Stony Brook will play UMBC, and Hartford will play UMass Lowell.
UAlbany closes out the regular season against Binghamton on Wednesday, November 2. Before the game, the Great Danes will recognize the seniors on this year’s team.
“All eyes are focused on Wednesday night against Binghamton,” Gorman said.