Men's Soccer Falls at Providence 1-0
Score: Providence 1, UAlbany 0
Location: Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium in Providence, R.I.
Records: UAlbany (2-3-0); Providence (2-2-1)
Short Story: UAlbany men’s soccer dropped its second-straight game Friday night, falling at Providence 1-0.
Coach Gorman: “I’m proud of our effort tonight against an excellent Providence team. To go on the road against top teams is always difficult and we had our changes and played well. Of course we’re not looking for moral victories and we must use this experience to improve ahead of Sunday at Brown, and the rest of the season.”
- Providence outshot UAlbany 13-7
- Nine of Providence’s shots were on target, compared to two of UAlbany’s
- Providence drew 11 corner kicks
- UAlbany goalkeeper Danny Vitiello made eight saves
The University at Albany men’s soccer team fell in their second consecutive game Friday night, succumbing to host Providence 1-0 to drop to 2-3-0 on the season.
For the fourth consecutive game, neither UAlbany nor their opponent scored in the first half. Unlike the previous three games, the Great Danes managed to get their first shot off quickly, with Nico Solabarrieta’s first effort being blocked by the Providence defense in the third minute.
Providence ended the first half holding a narrow, 5-4 advantage in shots, but a dramatic advantage in corner kicks, 7-1. UAlbany goalkeeper, Danny Vitiello, whose 25 career victories share the all-time program lead, made three saves in the first half, surpassing his season-high with 45 minutes of game time remaining.
Providence found the back of the net in the 74th minute for the game’s only goal. Braden Kline’s first attempt in the Friar’s scoring sequence was saved by Vitiello, one of his five saves in the second half. The ball rebounded and was collected by Providence, who ultimately capitalized after Kline and Andualem Chisem set up Matt Deperro.
Trailing 1-0, UAlbany managed to take just one more shot during the remainder of regulation, and fell for the second straight game 1-0. Vitello’s eight saves match his best efforts from last season, when he recorded eight saves in three games.
Next: UAlbany continues its trip through Rhode Island on Sunday when they play Brown. The Bears defeated visiting George Washington 2-1 in overtime Friday night, and are 2-0-0 to start their season.