Women's Soccer Hosts Cornell
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany women’s soccer team’s season-long, four-game home stand continues Sunday with a visit from Cornell. The game will be played as part one of a doubleheader with the UAlbany men’s team, who will host Quinnipiac following the conclusion of the women’s game.
Sunday, September 15 vs. Cornell (1:00 p.m.)
Leading the Pack
- Twin sisters Jada and Jasmine Colbert lead the team with eight points each, ranking second in the America East
- Jasmine leads the team with four goals, which shares the conference lead, while Jada has scored three goals and recorded two assists
- Christina Cernuto leads the team and the conference with four assists
- Sophia Chen, making each of the last three starts, has tied Andrea Leitner’s nine saves on the season
Cornell has started the season 4-0, the program’s best start since 2005, defeating Iona, Siena, Bucknell, and St. Bonaventure. In four games, the Big Red has allowed just one goal. Cornell is led by two players, Jaydn Matthews, who played on the 2019 Jamaica national team, and Ashley Durik, who have each scored two goals.
UAlbany last played Cornell on September 18, 2018 in Ithaca, N.Y., in the teams’ first meeting since 2013. In the latest meeting, the Great Danes played the Big Red, who went 1-13-1 last year, to a 2-2 tie. In five meetings in history, UAlbany is 1-3-1 against Cornell.
The Great Danes have won each of their first two home games of the 2019 season. UAlbany went 8-1-1 at Casey Stadium in 2018, including quarterfinal and championship victories in the America East Tournament. The Great Danes let up just eight goals in 10 games at home last year, and just two in the last five. Dating back to the 2015 season, the year of the program’s first America East title, the Great Danes are 27-9-2 at home.
For the second game in a row, and the third time in history, twin sisters Jada and Jasmine Colbert each recorded a goal in a game, with both scoring against St. Francis Brooklyn. The sisters previously scored in the same game last season during the America East championship game against UMass Lowell, and in the previous game at Buffalo. Further, St. Francis Brooklyn marked the first game in which one of the sisters assisted on the other’s goal.
UAlbany was picked first in the America East preseason coaches’ poll, collecting four first-place votes and 57 overall points. The top five teams, UAlbany, Hartford, Stony Brook, UMass Lowell, and New Hampshire, were separated by only 17 points.
UAlbany returns four players who earned All-Conference recognition in 2018. Meghan Cavanaugh was named First Team; Jada Colbert was named Rookie of the Year, Second Team, and All-Rookie; Gina Bracamonte was named Second Team; Jasmine Colbert was named All-Rookie. Additionally, Cavanaugh and both Colbert sisters were named to the America East All-Tournament team.
Joining the incoming freshman class of nine student-athletes is junior Kendra Harbinger. Harbinger is a member of the UAlbany women’s lacrosse team, and will pull double-duty with women’s soccer starting this season. Harbinger previously played soccer at Shenendehowa High School.
The 2019 season sees the America East schedule stretched out over an additional week, and the America East Tournament timeline condensed to include fewer days between the semifinals and finals. The move was made to give teams more control over their midweek games and allow for more rest in between games.
2018 marked the departure of program record-setters Mariah Williams and Caroline Kopp to graduation. Williams set single-season and career program records in both points and goals, while Kopp set single-season and career records in assists.
UAlbany will play its third of four-straight home games on Sunday, September 22 against Hartford for the 2019 America East opener. The Great Danes defeated the second-ranked Hawks on the road in the 2019 America East semifinals.