Wilson Scores Third Game-Winner in UAlbany Victory Over Hartwick
ONEONTA, N.Y. – Sophomore forward Brandon Wilson scored his team-high third game-winning goal of the season to lead the University at Albany over Hartwick College, 2-1, on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Down 1-0 at the half, the Great Danes battled back with two unanswered goals to erase the early deficit and clinch the road match.
A 30th minute goal by Hartwick (4-7-2, 1-2 MAC) opened up the scoring at Elmore Field. Freshman midfielder Marc Russell took a low cross from senior forward Cleyon Brown and flicked it past the keeper to put the Hawks ahead.
UAlbany (5-9, 3-2 A-East) would prove not to be fazed by the early Hartwick score as they answered twice in the final 45 minutes.
First, in the 56th minute, senior forward Quintel Gates sent a header to the feet of teammate Ivan Martinez. The freshman forward then took off with the ball on a breakaway and finished for his first career goal.
The Great Danes continued building on their momentum in the 71st minute, ultimately putting the game away. After receiving a pass from sophomore midfielder Pomare Te Anau, Wilson took one touch and rocketed the ball inside the far post to give UAlbany the 2-1 lead.
“We showed tremendous determination tonight. Everyone on our squad played a big role in coming back from a halftime deficit on the road,” said UAlbany coach Trevor Gorman. “I’m pleased with the character this team is showing and I think it will serve us well in the run to the end of our season.”
Both teams took three cornerkicks with Hartwick winning the advantage in shots, 13-10. UAlbany goalkeeper Tim Allen recorded his fifth win with four saves on five chances. Hawks goalkeeper Tom Buckner recorded one save on three opportunities in the loss.
The Great Danes will face off against America East Conference foe Boston University on Saturday at Nickerson Field. Game time is slated for 2 p.m.