Short Story: The UAlbany soccer team defeated #21 Arizona 1-0 on Friday, August 17th. The Great Danes will take the field again Sunday at 3:00PM against New Mexico State.
How It Happened:
At the conclusion of the first half, the score remained 0-0. The first shot of the game was taken in the second minute by Arizona’s Jada Talley and was saved by Andrea Leitner.
Mariah Williams took the first shot for UAlbany in the eigth minute of the game. The shot was saved by Arizona’s Lainey Burdett.
UAlbany had two shots, three saves, and three corners in the first half. Arizona had eight shots, one save, and five corners.
Each team had a player receive a yellow card during the first half.
In the 71st minute of gameplay, UAlbany’s Claire Stackel scored her first goal of the season, assisted by Kimberly Dieroff. Stackel joined the UAlbany roster this season as a junior after playing at Le Monye for two years. Last season, Stackel was Le Moyne’s leading scorer, netting five goals with one assist.
Arizona took a total of 17 shots in the game, whereas UAlbany only took five shots. The final score of the game was 1-0 UAlbany.
Comments from Head Coach Nick Bochette:
“It’s an exciting win for our team and our program. We’ve had an excellent preseason and have an formidable group of student-athletes all pushing in the same direction. While this kind of win against a nationally ranked PAC-12 school is intoxicating in its own right, we know that there’s still a lot of growth ahead of us to get us where we want to be.”
Next: The Great Danes will take the field again in Tucson at 3:00PM Friday against New Mexico State.