Men's Soccer Falls to Stony Brook, 2-1
Score: Stony Brook 2, UAlbany 1
Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (3-5-0, 0-1-0 AE); Stony Brook (4-3-1, 1-0-0 AE)
Short Story: UAlbany men’s soccer suffers conference-opening loss to Stony Brook ahead of a second long road trip.
Coach Gorman: “Tonight wasn’t the start we wanted. I thought we had the game where we wanted it. We created plenty of chances, and we were a hair away from a bunch of others. Unfortunately, two moments cost us. Credit to Stony Brook, they seem to have our number and they found a way to get us here again tonight. Now we have to go back to the drawing board and get ready for next week.”
- Danny Vitiello made three saves in the first half
- Stony Brook outshot UAlbany 6-4 in the first half, and 9-8 for the game
- Six of Stony Brook’s shots were on target
- UAlbany drew five corner kicks to Stony Brook’s two
Returning home for one game in between seven on the road, the University at Albany men’s soccer team welcomed rival Stony Brook to Tom & Mary Casey Stadium Friday night to kick off the 2018 America East schedule. As has been the case lately in this rivalry, the Great Danes came down on the poorer end of the result, falling to the Seawolves 2-1.
Senior forward Nico Solabarrieta put UAlbany on the board early, chipping the Stony Brook goalkeeper, Christian Miesch, after breaking behind the Seawolves defense in the sixth minute.
Stony Brook tied the game in the 45th minute, right before halftime, with a through ball from Mark Irvine, setting up Gabriel Fernandes at the top of the UAlbany box clear of any Great Dane defenders. Fernandes placed the ball near post past UAlbany goalkeeper Danny Vitiello with 45 seconds remaining in the first half.
Stony Brook had another scoring opportunity with four seconds remaining before halftime, with a free kick just beyond the UAlbany circle, but the shot was blocked by the Great Dane defense and the half ended tied at one.
The Seawolves came out of halftime aggressively on offense, committing three offsides infractions in the first 10 minutes after the break.
In the 64th minute, freshman Hugo Guerra won a tackle at midfield and started a fast break with Solabarrieta. Solabarrieta one-touched a lob to Sam Philip deep in the Stony Brook box, whose shot near post was saved by Miesch.
Stony Brook went ahead for good after drawing a penalty kick in the 79th minute. Serge Gamwanya, the Seawolves’ leading scorer this season, beat Vitiello on his attempt, putting Stony Brook up 2-1 with 11 minutes remaining.
In the 86th minute, UAlbany drew its final corner kick of the game, but was unable to take advantage of the opportunity. Their last scoring chance came in the 88th minute when Daniel Krutzen, who had assisted Solabarrieta for the Danes’ earlier goal, found himself with space about 20 yards out, but his shot tailed off wide of the mark.
The Great Danes remain winless against Stony Brook since their last victory in the series in 2006, going 0-10-3 in the 13 games since. Six of the 10 losses have been by one goal, and three have come in overtime.
Next: The Great Danes will play their next four games on the road, starting Tuesday, September 25 at Dartmouth.