NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The UAlbany women’s soccer team picked up a 1-0 victory at Iona on Friday night, earning the program’s first victory under head coach Nick Bochette.
Mariah Williams netted a penalty kick in the 17th minute to give UAlbany (1-3) the lead. The Great Danes held Iona (1-4) off the scoreboard the rest of the way for the shutout.
“We’re very happy to have gotten a good result today,” said Bochette. “The performance had its ups and downs, but in the end, we created a lot of good chances and kept a clean sheet. We’re still getting better every day, and we’re very excited to play our home opener on Sunday.”
Though UAlbany was outshot 12-11 in the game, the Great Danes put eight shots on goal to Iona’s two.
Williams’s goal was her third of the season, putting three shots on net. Vivian Vega also had three shots, with two on cage. Andrea Leitner earned her first career victory, shutting out Iona with two saves.
For Iona, Mariana Jaramillo had a team-best five shots. Tiffany Martinez had the defeat in goal with seven saves and a goal allowed.
UAlbany fired away at the cage twice in the early minutes as Sophia Eifler abd Williams each took aim, with Martinez stopping each attempt.
Iona got called for a handball in the 16th minute to set up the UAlbany penalty kick. Williams buried a ground ball just inside the left post to put the Great Danes ahead 1-0.
Iona set a close range attempt high in the 19th minute. UAlbany looked to counter attack as Vega sent one towards the cage, being stopped on another save.
Play mainly stayed around the midfield for many minutes, with Jaramillo missing a couple of shots off-cage. Kimberly Dieroff tried a shot from outside the box, with Martinez saving in the center of the cage.
Bee Murphy subbed in and had a shot on goal in the final minutes of the half, being denied by the keeper. UAlbany led 1-0 at the break.
Iona pressured UAlbany in the 53rd minute as Jaramillo got another shot off, with Leitner making the save. Erika Flowers tried again a minute later, missing above the crossbar.
UAlbany went on the counterattack in the next minute as Williams tried for her second goal, being stopped by Martinez. Vega had another opportunity, sending a shot high and out of play.
Iona’s biggest chance came in minute 74th. Mariah Elsenheimer sent a hard shot to the cage, with Leitner knocking the ball out of bounds. Iona had two corner kick attempts, with the UAlbany defense preventing a shot on either one.
Iona took three more shots, with none going to the cage. UAlbany held for the 1-0 shutout victory.
UAlbany heads back to the Capital District for its home opener on Sunday, September 3rd at 6 p.m., taking on crosstown rival Siena at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.