Men's Soccer Shuts Out UMBC
Score: UAlbany 2, UMBC 0
Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (7-9-0, 2-4-0 AE); UMBC (9-5-2, 3-3-0 AE)
Short Story: UAlbany men’s soccer earns its second-straight shutout, defeating UMBC 2-0 in the penultimate game of the regular season.
Coach Gorman: “Tonight was a game where we really needed to pick up points, and we wanted to show right from the get-go that we were going to go on the front foot and attack and try to create chances and score goals. I thought our first 20-25 minutes was really good. We knew they’d throw numbers forward. That’s the team they are, they’re aggressive and willing to go forward. And we knew we were going to get chances against that to run a play. We created enough chances to kill the game a lot earlier than what we did, but I think it spoke a lot to our overall team mentality that we were able to still defend well and stick to our task and keep pushing and eventually get that second goal.”
- UAlbany outshot UMBC 9-4 in the first half
- UAlbany drew five first-half corner kicks to UMBC’s zero
- UMBC outshot UAlbany 10-9 in the second half
- UMBC only managed two shots on goal
- Nico Solabarrieta reclaimed the program’s all-time assists lead from teammate Daniel Krutzen
The University at Albany men’s soccer team earned its second-straight shutout Saturday night in a 2-0 victory over visiting UMBC. The Great Danes win puts an end to UMBC’s six-game unbeaten streak.
From the outset, UAlbany played with high offensive intensity, taking three shots in the first seven minutes of the game. In the 17th minute, freshman forward Hugo Guerra drew a foul in the UMBC box along the baseline. On the ensuing penalty kick, graduate transfer Gino Rossi successfully converted his attempt past UMBC goalkeeper Quantrell Jones to put UAlbany up 1-0 early.
UAlbany kept the pressure up for the remainder of the first half, but the UMBC largely met the challenge. The Great Danes came away with a few more scoring opportunities, including a low shot from senior forward Nico Solabarrieta that trailed off just wide of the far post in the 33rd minute. Despite the pressure, UAlbany did not find the back of the net before the halftime break, and headed to the locker room up 1-0.
The Great Danes’ early aggression paid off to first-half advantages of 9-4 in shots and 5-0 in corner kicks.
The second half saw UMBC come out with increased offensive pressure. Despite this, UAlbany was able to break through with a few chances to increase their lead. In the 58th minute, Solabarrieta received a pass all alone in front of Jones, but pushed his shot just wide right. In the 62nd, following a draw from Rossi that brought Jones out of position, Guerra received the loose ball and ripped a shot, only to have it blocked by a hard-charging Jones on the recovery.
The Great Danes broke through the UMBC defense in the 80th minute when Solabarrieta flicked the ball to senior midfielder Carlos Clark, who served the ball from the midfield line to lead sophomore defender Kaio DaSilva making a run. DaSilva beat his defender and placed a shot past Jones to put UAlbany up 2-0.
UMBC would not find an opportunity to respond for the remainder of the game, and UAlbany earned its second-consecutive shutout after defeating #22 Cornell on Tuesday. UMBC held an advantage in shots through the early part of the second half, but UAlbany brought their opportunities level by the end of the period.
UAlbany now has six points in the America East, and moves into a tie for the sixth and final spot in the America East Tournament with Binghamton. Following tonight’s results, Vermont, UMass Lowell, and UMBC joined Stony Brook in clinching their spots in the America East Tournament, with Stony Brook clinching a first-round bye.
Next: UAlbany wraps the 2018 regular season on Wednesday, October 31 at home against Binghamton. The Danes will host a short ceremony before the game to honor the seniors on the 2018 roster.