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Second Half Leads to UAlbany Women's Soccer Falling 3-0 at UNH

UAlbany Sports Information   10-01-2017

Women’s Soccer Score: New Hampshire 3, UAlbany 0

Location: Durham, N.H. – Bremner Field

Records: UAlbany (3-9, 1-2 AE), New Hampshire (9-3, 3-0 AE)

Short Story: Holding its opponent scoreless in the opening 65 minutes, the UAlbany women’s soccer team fell 3-0 at New Hampshire off a late second half push by the Wildcats.

Key Stats:

  • UAlbany: Mariah Williams had four total shots, including three on goal. Andrea Leitner, despite eight saves, got the loss in goal.
  • New Hampshire: Francesca Picicci (66’), Brooke Murphy (81’) and Kaylan Williams (81’) all recorded goals for UNH. Mia Neas picked up the win in goal, making three saves.

Key Situations:

  • 66’ UNH goal – UNH double teams a UAlbany defender and gets possession. Francesca Picicci moves to the left corner of the box, kicks past a defender and under the crossbar for the goal.
  • 81’ UNH goal – Ball comes to Brooke Murphy, who gets through two defenders. One-on-one with the keeper, she scores on a ground ball shot.
  • 81’ UNH goal – Kaylan Williams scores on a long range shot just inside the left post past a diving Andrea Leitner.

Quote: “Today’s loss stings, but there were some really bright spells of play for us.  We had several chances to take the lead in the second half, but could not capitalize.  UNH is a fantastic team, and we have to be more clinical when we have the chance to put goals by them.  We will take the positives away, however, and prepare for Hartford on Thursday.” – UAlbany head coach Nick Bochette.

Recap: Holding off the Wildcats for the opening 65 minutes, the UAlbany women’s soccer team fell to UNH 3-0 on the road on Sunday afternoon.

Leitner held on a couple of long range ground ball attempts in the opening 25 minutes of the half, saving shots from Kaylan Williams, Veronica Hardy and Caroline Wysocki.  Mariah Williams subbed in and put pressure on UNH with three shots on goal in five minutes, including passing back and forth to Vivian Vega for a shot towards the post, with all being saved.  The sides were tied at 0-0 at the break.

Williams had the first look of the second half, missing a shot wide.  UAlbany held against a number of UNH shots, including two more saves from Leitner is a span of four minutes.  UNH broke through in the 66th minute with a shot past a defender and under the crossbar from Francesca Picicci.  UAlbany had a chance to tie in the 77th minute as Caroline Kopp took a shot, seeing it blocked.  UNH added two goals in the 81st minute to seal the game, eventually winning 3-0.

UAlbany returns home for a pair of games, starting with a rematch of the 2016 America East Tournament final against Hartford on Thursday, October 5th at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.

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