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Men's Soccer Advances Past Maryland In Penalty Kicks

UAlbany Sports Information   11-16-2017

Score: UAlbany 0, Maryland 0 (2OT); UAlbany advances 5-4 in PKs

Location: Ludwig Field in College Park, Md.

Records: UAlbany (14-4-3, 4-2-1 AE); Maryland (10-5-4, 5-1-2 Big Ten)

Short Story:  After a scoreless 110 minutes, UAlbany advanced past Maryland in the eighth round of penalty kicks behind Danny Vitiello and Brynjar Steinþórsson.

Coach Gorman: “We’re delighted to be advancing to play another game.  You get into these knockout-style tournaments and it’s all about advancing.  Every game is going to be different.  We knew today was going to be a tremendous challenge playing a program like Maryland.  I thought they were very good tonight, but I’m proud of my guys.  We executed a lot of things well and ultimately we’re happy to be on the right end of that shootout.”

Key Stats

  • Maryland outshot UAlbany 6-2 in the first half, including 5-1 in shots on goal
  • Danny Vitiello made five saves in the first half
  • Andreas Assiotis took both of UAlbany’s first-half shots
  • Maryland outshot UAlbany 14-4 for the full game, including 8-3 in shots on goal
  • Vitiello tied his season-high eight saves
  • UAlbany played its third overtime game in its last five
  • UAlbany went to penalty kicks for the second time in its last four games

Key Plays

  • Maryland’s Gordon Wild missed a low shot just wide right 35 seconds into the game
  • Maryland’s Eryk Williamson dribbled through three UAlbany defenders but missed his shot wide left
  • Daniel Krutzen played a clean through ball into the Maryland box, just out of the reach of Nico Solabarrieta with 25 minutes remaining in the first half
  • Maryland’s George Campbell played a low draw in front of UAlbany’s goal, just missing his target runner
  • Danny Vitiello made a diving save with 12 minutes left in the first half on a shot from Maryland’s Jake Rozhansky from 20 yards out
  • Andreas Assiotis took UAlbany’s first shot with just under 10 minutes remaining in the first half
  • Vitiello was tested immediately in the second half, making his sixth save 30 seconds in
  • The UAlbany defense prevented goals on two quick shots with Maryland players facing a clear net with 17 minutes remaining
  • Assiotis had a chance early in overtime, but his point blank shot on a low angle was saved out of bounds
  • Brynjar Steinþórsson successfully converted the clinching penalty kick in the eighth round

Recap

The University at Albany men’s soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, defeating host Maryland 5-4 in the eighth round of penalty kicks.  It was the third overtime game UAlbany has played in their last five, and their second to go to penalty kicks in their last four.

Maryland largely dominated possession in the first half, as most of the first 45 minutes were played in UAlbany’s half.  The Terrapins came out firing, laying down heavy offensive pressure through the first part of the game.  Maryland’s first scoring chance came quickly, just 35 seconds into the game.  UAlbany’s first scoring opporutunity didn’t come until 20 minutes of game time later, when Daniel Krutzen played a through ball toward the Maryland goalkeeper, just out of reach of Nico Solabarrieta.

After the first half, Maryland had taken six shots to UAlbany’s two.  The second half played out similarly to the first, with Maryland coming out with an even quicker scoring chance, but maintaining possession in UAlbany’s defensive half.  With 17 minutes remaining, the Great Dane defense made another miracle save similar to the game against UMass Lowell.  Maryland had several opportunities as a clear net after forcing goalkeeper Danny Vitiello to commit, but Vitiello and the defense prevented the ball from crossing the goal line.

Regulation ended tied at zero, and the Great Danes entered their third overtime game in their last five.  Freshman Andreas Assiotis took the Danes’ only shot in overtime, a point-blank blast from shallow right that the Maryland goalkeeper, Dayne St. Clair, deflected out of bounds after cutting off the angle.  Despite outshooting UAlbany 14-4 for the entire game, Maryland also managed just one shot in overtime.

After both overtime sessions passed without either team scoring, the game went into penalty kicks for the second time this season for UAlbany.  Last week, the Great Danes advanced past UMBC in the America East quarterfinals 4-2 on penalty kicks.  This time, the kicks went into the eighth round before Brynjar Steinþórsson successfully converted the clinching attempt to send UAlbany into the second round.

Vitiello made five saves in the first half and eight for the game, tying his season-high.  Maryland took eight shots on goal, and UAlbany took three.  Maryland drew seven corner kicks to UAlbany’s three.

Next: UAlbany will play tournament 10-seed Western Michigan on Sunday, November 19.

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