Women's Soccer Defeats Hartford 2-1
Score: UAlbany 2, Hartford 1
Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (4-3-1, 1-0-0); Hartford (3-5-1, 0-1-0)
Short story: UAlbany remains unbeaten in its four-game home stand, knocking off Hartford 2-1 to open the America East schedule.
- UAlbany outshot Hartford 11-3 in the second half, and 19-8 overall
- UAlbany drew 11 corner kicks to Hartford’s three
- Meghan Cavanaugh scored her second goal of the season
- Gina Bracamonte scored her second goal of the season
- Sophia Chen remains undefeated in goal on the season
- Hartford goalkeeper Maia Perez made six saves
Coach Bochette: “Regardless of current form, Hartford has been the standard in our league for quite some time. They’re always going to make you work for it, and they always demand some of your best stuff. We’re very, very happy to get all three points, protect our home field, and put this iteration of the Hartford-UAlbany game in the rear-view. I thought we were really good and really dangerous throughout the game. Playing with a man-down in the second half, credit to Hartford for coming out and playing very hard. They used set pieces to their advantage and they got one back, and their goalkeeper played excellently.”
Cavanaugh: “Scoring that early goal is definitely important, because for the rest of the game, we do want to still attack, but we’re definitely feeling more comfortable with a lead. We wanted to get up early, especially all through conference.”
Bracamonte: “Going up 2-0 was extremely important, because it really gives our team that confidence boost that we need to keep going and keep pushing. I think we handled it well, and we defended well after their goal.”
The University at Albany women’s soccer team played its third-straight game at home Sunday, hosting the University of Hartford for the 2019 America East opener. It was the first meeting between the teams since UAlbany upset the two-seeded Hawks in the 2019 America East semifinal. Sunday, the Great Danes defeated the Hawks 2-1.
Meghan Cavanaugh put UAlbany on the scoreboard quickly with a strike from deep that sailed over the Hartford goalkeeper’s head to give the Danes a 1-0 lead in just the fourth minute.
In the 42nd minute, freshman Leah Pais drew a foul in the Hartford box on a breakaway, drawing both a straight red card on the Hawks’ Madison Stabile, and a penalty kick. Gina Bracamonte stepped up to take the attempt, and converted to put UAlbany up 2-0 heading into halftime. Bracamonte is 2-2 on penalty kicks this season.
Hartford cut the lead in half in the 51st minute when Izzy Lachcik notched a goal on a setup from Sierra Stone, ending UAlbany goalkeeper Sophia Chen’s bid for her third shutout of the season.
In the 60th minute, Cavanaugh ripped a shot from the top of the box. Hartford goalkeeper Maia Perez made a diving save to her right, preventing a third goal for the Great Danes. Cavanaugh took another deep shot in the 73rd minute, with Perez making another diving save, this time to her left, to prevent a goal.
Perez made two additional goal-saving plays, in the 77th minute and the 78th minute against Pais.
UAlbany kept up the pressure in the second half, outshooting the Hawks 11-3 in the second 45 minutes. The Great Danes went on to claim victory by a final score of 2-1.
Up next: UAlbany plays its final game of a four-game home stand on Wednesday, September 25 against crosstown rival Siena.