Women's Soccer Defeats UNH, Wins Record 12th-Game
Score: UAlbany 1, New Hampshire 0
Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (12-6-2, 5-2-1 AE); New Hampshire (7-9-2, 3-4-1 AE)
Short Story: Three-seed UAlbany advances past six-seed New Hampshire 1-0 with a program record 12th victory of the season to face two-seed Hartford in Sunday’s semifinal round.
Coach Bochette: “We predominantly executed the game well. New Hampshire did a very good job, they worked very hard to take us out of our rhythm. So much of what we do is predicated on creating chances for us to score, and we had plenty of those. We have to clean up a little in the back, but going forward we were good. By-and-large I thought we executed the way we wanted to for enough of the game to do enough to win. This was our fourth clean sheet in a row, which is a strong statement. Our back line and goalkeeper did really well, and the midfielders in front of them pulled their weight as well. It was a great performance against a good attacking team.”
- UAlbany outshot New Hampshire 19-8, including 12-5 in the second half
- New Hampshire outshot UAlbany 5-2 early in the second half
- New Hampshire goalkeeper Mia Neas made nine saves, including six in the second half
- Ten of UAlbany’s 19 shots were on target
- UAlbany has not conceded a goal in its last four games
The University at Albany women’s soccer team defeated six-seed New Hampshire 1-0 in the quarterfinal round of the America East Tournament Thursday, notching their record-setting 12th victory of the season.
The previous record for victories in a season was 11, set by the 1981, 2015, and 2016 teams, the latter two of which went on to win the America East title.
“All the good things come to this team because of who they are and how hard they work,” said head coach Nick Bochette. “The season started off with a bang, and if the 12th win is the record-breaker that first win was the tone-setter. They realized how good a group they can be as we progressed through the season. We have thrown a lot at them. We ask them to be responsible for a lot, we ask them to learn a lot, and we ask them to execute sophisticated game plans. Their ability to do that and to maintain their composure and maintain their grit and do all the things you see on the field is exemplary. You have those high-level performers like Mariah Williams and Caroline Kopp we spend so much time talking about. But then there are the players like Meghan Cavanaugh, who was brilliant tonight, and Gina Bracamonte, who has been so good for us. We just have those personalities who want more responsibility, who want to play at a high level, who want to push each other. What makes it special is the young women on the field. This is a game that players win, bar none, and the way they go about their business is really impressive.”
The Great Danes recently hosted New Hampshire in the regular season on October 14. In that game, the Danes defeated the Wildcats 3-0, sparking their latest four-game winning streak. During the run, UAlbany has not conceded a goal, outscoring its opponents 9-0.
UAlbany applied the offensive pressure early on, with 2018 America East Striker of the Year Williams taking three shots in the first seven minutes of the game, including her 16th goal of the season in the seventh minute to put UAlbany up 1-0. She broke through after an early attempt that saw her receive a through ball behind the defense from Claire Stackel in the third minute. After a few touches she pushed her shot wide past the far post.
The remainder of the first half went by without a goal, during which time UAlbany had another opportunity to score with a quick, two-shot barrage in the 33rd minute where neither shot landed, and New Hampshire drew three corner kicks in short succession, all of which were successfully defended. New Hampshire’s best scoring opportunity in the first half came off a header from Kaylan Williams that went just wide in the 38th minute.
The Wildcats came out aggressively to start the second half, taking three shots and drawing one corner kick in the first nine minutes of play. UAlbany weathered New Hampshire’s early surge and slowly began retaking control of the pace of play.
UAlbany goalkeeper Andrea Leitner made a huge save in the 59th minute, charging out to meet New Hampshire’s Liz Lane, who had broken free of the Great Dane defense. Lane was able to recover the rebound, but her next shot just seconds later was blocked.
In the 65th minute, 2018 America East Rookie of the Year Jada Colbert ripped a shot from the left side that sailed just wide of the upper 90 on the far post. Forty seconds later, she ripped an identical shot from the same spot that also tailed off just wide of the far post upper 90.
In the 86th minute, Williams took a shot from the left side that rolled just out of the reach of Neas’ diving, outstretched hand, but the ball trailed just wide of the post. UAlbany would go on to win the game 1-0, having not allowed New Hampshire to take a shot in the final 31 minutes of game time.
Next: The Great Danes advance to the semifinal round where they will face two-seed Hartford on the road on Sunday, October 28.