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Women's Soccer Shuts Out New Hampshire on Senior Day

UAlbany Sports Information   10-14-2018

Score: UAlbany 3, New Hampshire 0

Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.

Records: UAlbany (9-6-2, 3-2-1 AE); New Hampshire (6-7-2, 2-3-1 AE)

Short Story: Seniors Caroline Kopp and Mariah Williams star in women’s soccer’s shutout victory over New Hampshire on Senior Day.

Coach Bochette: “This was a very good three points for us today.  New Hampshire is a hard-working and talented side that made us work for every pass.  All-in-all, I thought we were consistently the more dangerous side and controlled much of the game.  We want and need to keep improving, however, as the games get more and more significant as playoffs approach.”

Key Stats

  • UAlbany outshot New Hampshire 9-3 in the first half, and 11-4 in the second
  • UAlbany scored twice on corner kicks
  • New Hampshire goalkeeper Mea Neas made eight saves, including six in the second half
  • UAlbany drew six corner kicks to New Hampshire’s three

Recap

The University at Albany women’s soccer team bounced back after their loss to Hartford last week, dispatching visiting New Hampshire 3-0 on Sunday afternoon to win their third conference game and earn their 10th point in conference play.

Before the game, UAlbany held a brief ceremony to honor the five seniors on the 2018-19 roster: Meghan Malone, Mariah Williams, Savanah Courtney, Claire Urquhart, and Caroline Kopp.

“It was a fantastic day to honor five incredible seniors from our team,” said head coach Nick Bochette.  “Sav, Claire, Meg, Caroline, and Mariah have done so much for this program and have been instrumental in the success we’ve had over the past four years.  People see all the success they’ve had on the field, but this group of seniors has had an equally large influence in the team room.  We will desperately miss their leadership, personality, and industriousness in coming years.  Before that, however, we aim to send them off as three-time America East Champions.”

UAlbany drew its first corner kick in the ninth minute.  Kopp’s strike curved inwards and hit off the top of the crossbar and fell harmlessly away from the goal on the far side of the New Hampshire box.  Shortly after, in the 12th minute, Kopp’s free kick attempt from the left side found Williams’ head, who just missed the point-blank redirect high.

In the 35th minute, Kopp took a corner kick from the right side, drawn from a blocked shot by Williams.  Kopp’s kick bounced in front of the goal mouth and rolled past everyone, coming to a stop across the goal line to put UAlbany up 1-0.

In the 47th minute, Kopp took another corner kick, finding Meghan Cavanaugh breaking toward the net.  Cavanaugh headed the ball into the back of the goal to put UAlbany up 2-0 early in the second half.

Williams found the back of the net in the 52nd minute, putting UAlbany up 3-0 with a strike from 20 yards out.  She nearly notched her second goal of the game just a few minutes later, narrowly missing getting her foot on a loose ball in the New Hampshire six off a broken serve from Christina Cernuto.

New Hampshire’s Liz Lane broke away in the 63rd minute, but pushed her shot wide in the Wildcats’ best scoring chance of the afternoon to that point.  The Wildcats’ Kaylan Williams soon after broke behind the defense, sending her shot into the hands of UAlbany goalkeeper Andrea Leitner in the 67th minute.

The Wildcats would never find the back of the net, and UAlbany went on to win by a final score of 3-0.  The Danes almost notched a fourth goal as time expired, but Williams’ attempt on a broken play on the goal line was blocked by Neas.

With the victory, UAlbany now has 10 points in conference play, tied for fourth with UMass Lowell, and are three points behind Stony Brook and Vermont, who each have 13 points through Sunday’s games.  Vermont has played one more game than UAlbany, and the Danes hold the head-to-head victory over the Catamounts.

Next: The Great Danes host UMBC for their final home game of the regular season on Thursday, October 18 before closing out the regular season at Binghamton on Sunday, October 21.  The America East Tournament begins Thursday, October 25.

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