Harbinger Scores Game-Winner in 102nd; Women's Soccer Clinches
Score: UAlbany 2, UMass Lowell 1 (2OT)
Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (7-5-3, 4-1-1 AE); UMass Lowell (4-8-2, 3-2-1 AE)
Short story: Kendra Harbinger’s 102nd-minute game-winner over UMass Lowell propels UAlbany to clinch a berth into the 2019 America East Tournament.
- Kendra Harbinger scored her first goal of the season
- Jada Colbert scored her fifth goal of the season
- Jada and Jasmine Colbert combined on a goal for the second time in their careers
- Sophia Chen made seven saves
- UAlbany and UMass Lowell tied with 14 shots each
Coach Bochette: “This is an important win and three points for us to secure, especially at this point I the year and after a difficult loss last time out. I was really pleased with how much intensity our players put into their game today, and through we created a lot of really quality chances throughout both halves and both overtime periods. We were truly unfortunate not to have gotten a second goal in regulation, but our response was excellent in the overtime periods. UMass Lowell is a quality side and we really had to grit out this important result as they didn’t give a single inch that wasn’t earned. I believe this is a team we could see again in the postseason.”
Harbinger: “We knew UMass Lowell was going to come out wanting revenge. Coach said we needed so start playing more aggressively and I think we did that well today. Today’s win was very important. We’re coming down to the final games that will determine our seed in the tournament and it was huge to get three points today. Scoring the game-winner feels great but I couldn’t have done it without my team. I didn’t play defense in high school, but the role I’m really starting to enjoy the position. I still like going up there and take corner kicks and having my teammates head it in. I’m getting more comfortable with my positing and my touches in every practice and I feel a lot more confident now than at the start of the season.”
In a rematch of the 2018 America East championship game, the University at Albany women’s soccer team hosted UMass Lowell on Sunday, the Great Danes defeated the Riverhawks 2-1 in double-overtime on a corner kick golden goal from Kendra Harbinger.
An early corner kick in the third minute led to UAlbany’s first scoring opportunity. Harbinger served the ball to the far post towards a charging Sophia Eifler, who one-touched her shot just wide into the near-side netting for a UMass Lowell goal kick.
In the 18th minute, Jasmine Colbert found her twin sister Jada with a low, cross-field serve that Jada pushed past UMass Lowell goalkeeper Annerens Tijm to put UAlbany up 1-0. It was only the second time in their UAlbany careers that the twins connected for a goal, with the first coming earlier this season against St. Francis Brooklyn.
In the 19th minute, the Riverhawks took their first shot of the game. Courtney Coleman ripped the ball high over UAlbany goalkeeper Sophia Chen’s outstretched hand, but just missed off the low part of the crossbar. Cristina Blaya recovered the rebound and had her shot blocked by the UAlbany defense just a few seconds later.
UMass Lowell’s Kristin Birgisdottir gathered a loose ball deep in the UAlbany box in the 35th minute, catching UAlbany goalkeeper Sophia Chen out of position in the chaos, but she pushed her shot just wide of the near post.
UMass Lowell outshot UAlbany 6-2 in the first half while controlling 55% of the possession. In goal, Chen recorded two first-half saves.
UMass Lowell scored an equalizer in the 58th minute. Lilian Fabian took a shot from in close to the near side that Chen kick-saved. The rebound fell at the feet of Emily Nelson, who took advantage of the open net to slip her shot just past Chen to tie the game.
The remainder of the game went by without a score, and UAlbany entered their fourth overtime of the season. In each of the previous three, the Great Danes finished with a tie.
The first overtime went by without a score. In the second, in the 102nd minute, UAlbany drew a corner kick, one of their five in the game. Harbinger bent the ball into the far side of the goal to clinch the game winner, scoring her first career goal as a member of the UAlbany soccer team.
UAlbany outshot UMass Lowell 12-9 in the second half and overtime, finishing the game tied with the Riverhawks with 14 total shots. UAlbany drew five corner kicks to UMass Lowell’s one, and Chen finished the game making seven saves, including four in the second half.
With the victory, the Great Danes clinch a berth into the 2019 America East Tournament. UMass Lowell also clinched a spot after losses Sunday afternoon by Vermont and Maine.
Up next: The Great Danes play their final home game of the 2019 regular season on Senior Day, Sunday, October 27 at 1:00 p.m. against Maine.