Men's Soccer Defeats Vermont 3-1
Score: UAlbany 3, Vermont 1
Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (5-8-0, 1-3-0 AE); Vermont (9-5-0, 2-2-0 AE)
Short Story: UAlbany wins its sixth-straight game against Vermont, dispatching the Catamounts at home 3-1.
Coach Gorman: “Soccer is an interesting game. It can be cruel on some days and rewarding on others. We have been creating chances in all of our games, and we weren’t doing anything differently. We weren’t changing our approach, and we weren’t trying to be somebody else, the ball just wasn’t falling. Sometimes that happens. I thought we really put in a good, committed performance tonight. This league is tough. Every team in this league is good. Every game is important, and I thought our approach tonight was good, and our attitude and our commitment was excellent throughout the night and I was happy to see us get the reward.”
- Nico Solabarrieta scored his fifth goal in two games
- UAlbany narrowly outshot Vermont 11-9
- The Great Danes’ defense held Vermont’s America East-leading offense to one goal
- Just two of Vermont’s nine shots were on target
Three days after an offensive explosion of six goals against American University, the University at Albany men’s soccer team hosted a game for the first time in 18 days, and only the second time in 36 days, when they welcomed Vermont to Tom & Mary Casey Stadium on Friday night.
The game featured the two top forwards in the America East in UAlbany’s Nico Solabarrieta and Vermont’s Geo Alves, both of whom entered the game with eight goals and 18 points on the season. Additionally, Vermont and UAlbany ranked first and second in the America East in scoring offense, averaging 2.00 and 1.50 goals per game, respectively.
In the 19th minute, Vermont broke through UAlbany’s defense with a through ball deep in the Danes’ territory. The Catamounts’ Jon Arnar Barðdal placed his shot past UAlbany goalkeeper Danny Vitiello, but the goal was called off after Arnar Barðdal was ruled offsides.
Solabarrieta put UAlbany up 1-0 in the 29th minute after Daniel Krutzen drew a penalty kick when his shot was blocked by a Vermont defender’s hand in the Catamounts’ box.
Alves tied the game for the Catamounts in the 40th minute on a chaotic series following a throw in for Vermont deep in UAlbany territory. It was Vermont’s first goal against UAlbany since November 8, 2014. UAlbany had outscored Vermont 11-0 in the succeeding five games.
Halftime arrived with the scored knotted at one. Vermont held a slight advantage in shots, 6-4, and a larger advantage in corner kicks, drawing four compared to UAlbany’s one.
Just over a minute into the second half, Solabarrieta appeared to put UAlbany ahead 2-1 with a break down the left side, beating the keeper near post, but was called offsides.
UAlbany did pull ahead 2-1 in the 69th minute when Hugo Guerra was credited with the goal off a low cross from Daniel Krutzen. The ball deflected off a Catamount defender and into the back of the net.
For the final 6:38 of the second half, Vermont played with a man down after Dani Rovira drew a red card.
Immediately after, freshman Hafliði Sigurðarson just missed putting UAlbany up two goals when his shot from Solabarrieta sailed high.
A few minutes later, Solabarrieta set up Carlos Clark at point blank range, allowing Clark to find the back of the net and put UAlbany up 3-1 with just under four minutes remaining, sealing the victory for the Danes.
UAlbany has now won each of the last six games against Vermont, outscoring the Catamounts by a total of 14-1. The Great Danes also pick up their first win and first points in the conference standings of the season.
Next: UAlbany hits the road once more for the final two away games of the regular season, starting Saturday, October 20 at preseason conference favorite and 2017 finals opponent UMass Lowell.