Bill Ziskin

Men's Soccer Outlasts American, 3-1

UAlbany Sports Information   09-15-2017

Score: UAlbany 3, American 1

Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.

Records: UAlbany (4-2-0); American (1-5-1)

Short Story: Gaining a two goal lead in the first half, the Great Danes fought off a tough American squad that pushed the pace in the second half leaving the final result in doubt until Kaz Boschen scored his first career goal to seal the game.

Key Stats

  • UAlbany outshot American 12-3 for the game, including 6-1 in the first half
  • UAlbany drew four corner kicks in the first half to American’s zero
  • Owen Fingar scored his third goal this season off the bench

Key Plays

Coach Gorman: “I thought we started well. It was always going to be a game where we could create a lot of chances and get into dangerous positions. I would have liked to see us take a few more chances earlier so that it wasn’t so nervy towards the end. In the second half American became very direct and came onto us and we maybe got a little bit sloppy with tracking runners and gave away a couple chances. But credit to the guys for working hard, scoring three goals at home, and getting another win.”

Recap

The University at Albany men’s soccer team (4-2-0) returned to Tom & Mary Casey stadium Friday to play for the fourth time at home in its sixth game of the season. Hosting American University (1-5-1), the Great Danes found themselves in a physical, chippy match that was clinched late by redshirt senior Kaz Boschen scoring his first career goal in the 88th minute to give UAlbany a 3-1 lead.

The game remained scoreless through much of the first half, until the 36th minute when junior Daniel Krutzen wrangled a loose ball along the American endline and drew it towards Carlos Clark who was standing in an open position. Clark received the ball and placed it far post past the American keeper, John Mino (1-4-1), to give the Danes a 1-0 lead.

As the half wound down, redshirt freshman Owen Fingar received a long ball from sophomore Brynjar Steinþórsson. Finding himself behind the American defensive line, Fingar cut around Mino’s left side and easily pushed the ball into the open net. It was Fingar’s third goal off the bench this season.

UAlbany outshot American 6-1 in the first half, and had drawn four corner kicks compared to American’s zero.

Trailing by two goals, American increased the intensity and phyisicality in the second half, at times finding long runners sneaking past UAlbany’s back line. On one such occasion, UAlbany goalkeeper Lucas Vallilo (2-1-0) stepped up far outside the box to intercept a breakaway. Vallilo made a kick save, sending the ball upwards and safely to a UAlbany defender, preserving the still intact shutout. 

On another breakaway, American drew a penalty kick after a collision in the penalty box. Tim Neumann successfully converted the attempt, cutting UAlbany’s lead in half with 14 minutes remaining.

With both teams on the board, the game grew tighter and choppier. The final result remained in doubt until junior Nico Solabarrieta crossed the ball to the far post from the left side to Boschen who was making a trailing run behind senior Afonso Pinheiro. Boschen jumped to receive the ball beyond the right post, and volleyed his shot high over Mino’s head and into the back of the net to put UAlbany back up two in the 88th minute. It would prove to be the final score, with UAlbany defeating American 3-1. For Boschen, it was his first career goal as a Great Dane.

“There is no true feelings for scoring a goal,” said Boschen, “and to get my first is just unbelievable. Credit to Nico, it was an unbelievable ball he played across. But it’s a great win, we stay undefeated at home so it feels great for the team.”

“When I turned I saw that Fonzie was making the run to the first post,” said Solabarrieta, “and he was bringing two defenders with him. So I saw Kaz by himself at the second post and I tried to chip it there so Kaz could tap it in.”

In the second half, UAlbany outshot American 6-2, and 12-3 for the whole game. The physicality of the match was reflected in the final statistics, with three yellow cards given and 31 fouls called between the two teams over the course of the game.

Next, the Great Danes will play two games on the road. First, the team will visit Lafayette on Wednesday, September 20, and will follow that game with a match at Harvard on Sunday, September 24. UAlbany will return home to start America East play against preseason conference favorite UMass Lowell on Saturday, September 30.

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