Vega 22nd Minute Goal Leads UAlbany Women’s Soccer to 1-0 Victory at Binghamton
VESTAL, N.Y. – Vivian Vega’s 22nd minute goal proved enough as the UAlbany women’s soccer team defeated Binghamton 1-0 in Vestal on Thursday night for the squad’s second consecutive shutout victory.
UAlbany (5-7, 2-1 AE) outshot Binghamton (4-8-2, 0-4 AE) 10-5 in the game, including holding the Bearcats to one shot in the second half.
“It was a great win for us tonight, we knew coming to Binghamton was going to be tough,” said UAlbany head coach Caitlin Cucchiella. “The game for us was a little panicked at first for both teams, once we settled in, we started to get into a rhythm.”
Vega’s goal was her second of the season and moved her into fourth all-time in career goals scored at UAlbany with 17. The goal was assisted by Alexa Schneider, who picked up her 13th career assist for third all-time in UAlbany history. Chloe Borasky earned the shutout victory in goal with three saves.
Ryan Reilly has two shots for Binghamton to lead the team. Katie Hatziyianis got the loss in the cage, saving two shots.
Borasky defended against the first BU chance as Ryan Reilly’s long range shot was saved on a dive towards the middle. BU followed shortly thereafter with a couple of corner kicks, with UAlbany defending each without a shot attempt.
Caroline Kopp raced down the field in the 12th minute and sent a cross to Schneider, who tried a turnaround shot, missing wide. UAlbany kept the ball close off the goal kick with Kiana Rugar getting a shot off in the box, missing just right.
Kopp sent a corner kick to the box in the 17th minute. The ball was passed to Meghan Malone for the first touch shot, just missing high.
In the 22nd minute, a UAlbany corner kick was headed by Schneider into the crossbar. Vega emerged, ran forward and kicked the ball into the net close range for the UAlbany goal, making it 1-0 Great Danes.
Binghamton tried a couple of long range shots immediately thereafter, with the first sailing high and the second being caught by Borasky.
Neither side got off a shot on goal in the final 15 minutes as UAlbany took a 1-0 lead into the half.
Into the second half, Rugar again stole a pass and got around a defender to shoot for the goal, with a jumping Hatziyianis punching the ball out of bounds. The resulting corner did not result in a shot.
Minute 54 saw UAlbany get a free kick from the far side outside the box. Caitlyn Paltsios sent the kick to the six-yard box to Malone for the header, barely missing above the crossbar.
UAlbany controlled possession for most of the flowing 20 minutes, including a header by Paltsios being saved close range near the post.
Binghamton got some room in the 78th minute and sent a cross across the box, going high and not reaching any players. The ball went out for a goal kick.
BU got the ball back into the box for a scrum as a pass found Leighann Bennett for a header from inside the six-yard box, missing high in the 82nd minute.
UAlbany held for the final minutes to finish the shutout.
The Great Danes will stay on the road for its next contest, a rematch of last year’s America East title game, as the Great Danes play Hartford on Sunday, October 9th at 2 p.m.