Men's Soccer Falls 2-0 at UMass Lowell
Score: UMass Lowell 2, UAlbany 0
Location: Cushing Field in Lowell, Mass.
Records: UAlbany (5-9-0, 1-4-0 AE); UMass Lowell (8-4-2, 3-2-0 AE)
Short Story: UAlbany men’s soccer gets shut out 2-0 at UMass Lowell in a rematch of the 2017 America East title game.
Coach Gorman: “Tonight was a tough loss. Lowell is a very experienced team of older players. We created chances and if one goes in at various times the game plays out differently. We have two home games remaining in conference play and all focus turns toward those.”
- UAlbany outshot UMass Lowell 11-10, including 7-3 in the second half
- Six of UMass Lowell’s 10 shots were on target, compared to three of UAlbany’s 11
- UAlbany drew five corner kicks to UMass Lowell’s 0
- The teams combined for 28 fouls
In a rematch of the 2017 America East Championship game, the University at Albany fell 2-0 at UMass Lowell Saturday night. It was the first time in series history that the Riverhawks have recorded more than one goal in a game.
UMass Lowell took the first shot of the game, in the eighth minute. UAlbany’s first shot didn’t come until the 14th minute, when senior Daniel Krutzen had his attempt blocked.
In the 30th minute, UMass Lowell got on the board with a header from Stalney Alves off a cross into the box from Abdi Shariff-Hassan from the right corner. The Riverhawks would hold the 1-0 lead through the remainder of the first half, despite three UAlbany shots in the final six minutes of the first period, including a blocked header off a corner kick with 10 seconds remaining before halftime by senior Nico Solabarrieta.
UAlbany goalkeeper Danny Vitiello made three saves in the first half, seeing seven shots from the Riverhawks, of which four were on target.
UAlbany came out aggressively in the second half, with freshman Hugo Guerra ripping a shot early that was saved by UMass Lowell goalkeeper Zach Rowell, his first test of the evening. The Riverhawks, however, found the back of the net for the second time, when Jakov Basic’s free kick attempt from 25 yards out found Ivan Blaskic’s head for a redirection into the bottom right corner past Vitiello in the 71st minute.
As time wound down, UAlbany stepped up the pressure, trying to get on the board. Despite four shots in the final 10 minutes, and two shots in the final minute, the Great Danes were unable to find the back of the net and ultimately fell by a final score of 2-0.
UAlbany now falls to 1-4-0 in the America East, while UMass Lowell improves to 3-2-0. With Hartford’s tie with New Hampshire earlier this afternoon, UAlbany now holds sole possession of eighth place in the conference standings, while UMass Lowell remains tied for second with Vermont and UMBC.
Next: UAlbany plays one final regular season game on the road, against the final non-conference opponent of the regular season with a trip to Cornell on Tuesday, October 23. The Great Danes will close out the regular season with two games at home, starting Saturday, October 27 against UMBC.