Women's Soccer Visits Stony Brook
ALBANY, N.Y. – Riding the momentum of their best conference start in history, the University at Albany women’s soccer team will play its third and final game of a three-game road swing on Thursday with a trip to Stony Brook.
Thursday, October 17 at Stony Brook (6:00 p.m.)
Leading the Pack
- Jada Colbert leads the team with 10 points
- Jada and twin sister Jasmine Colbert share the team lead with four points each
- Christina Cernuto leads the team with four assists
- Sophia Chen leads the America East with five shutouts and a 0.84 goals against average
- UAlbany is 6-1-3 in their last 10 games
Scouting Stony Brook
The Seawolves enter Thursday’s matchup sporting an overall record of 9-5-0 with a 3-1-0 record in the America East. Stony Brook leads the America East in scoring offense, averaging 1.57 goals per game, and rank second in scoring defense, allowing 1.07 goals per game. The Seawolves’ Alyssa Francese leads all America East players with 10 goals this season, with the next closest scoring five, and goalkeeper Sophia Manner ranks second with four shutouts. UAlbany has won five of the last eight meetings against the Seawolves, including two of the last three, with the latest resulting in a 3-3 tie. Stony Brook hasn’t won in Albany since the 2010 season when they claimed a 2-0 victory.
Last Time vs. Stony Brook
UAlbany played Stony Brook once last season, hosting the Seawolves to start America East play. UAlbany played Stony Brook to a 3-3 tie after two overtime periods. The Danes took a 2-0 lead into halftime behind two goals in the first 10 minutes from Mariah Williams and current roster member Meghan Cavanaugh. Stony Brook scored their first goal in the 60th minute to cut the lead in half, before Meghan Malone scored in the 69th to put the Danes back up by two. Stony Brook countered with goals in the 79th and 81st minutes to force overtime, having outshot the Danes 8-3 in the second half. Neither team found the back of the net in overtime and the game ended in a tie.
Last Time Out
The Great Danes played their second of three consecutive games on the road at New Hampshire, shutting out the Wildcats 2-0. Katie Gowing accounted for both of UAlbany’s goals, each of which came in the second half. Sophia Chen recorded six saves to earn her league-leading fifth shutout of the season. It was the third-straight game UAlbany had shut out New Hampshire, including two meetings last season.
Around the America East
Following their victory over New Hampshrie, the Great Danes sit atop the America East standings at 3-0-1 with 10 points, one point ahead of a three-way tie for second between Stony Brook, Hartford, and UMass Lowell. UAlbany has already defeated Hartford, but still needs to play the Seawolves (Thursday) and the Riverhawks (October 20). Binghamton sits alone in fifth place with seven points, followed by New Hampshire with six, Maine and Vermont with four, and UMBC with zero.
At 3-0-1, UAlbany is off to its best start in America East play through four games in program history. The Great Danes previously started 2-1-1 two times, in 2014 and 2016, winning the America East Tournament in 2016.
Players of the Week
For their efforts in victory against New Hampshire, Katie Gowing and Sophia Chen were recognized as America East Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively. Gowing notched her first two goals of the season, accounting for all of UAlbany’s scoring, while Chen, in her second-straight week being honored as Defensive Player, recorded six saves en route to her league-leading fifth shutout of the season.
The Great Danes swept through the month of September without a loss, going 5-0-2 in seven games. One of the victories was the America East opener against perennial conference power Hartford, whom UAlbany upset on the road in the 2018 America East Tournament. In the month’s seven games, goalkeeper Sophia Chen allowed just five goals and saved 83% of the shots taken against her, while Jada Colbert led the team in scoring with four goals and nine points.
For two-straight games, marking 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 and Buffalo. 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 returns home on Sunday, October 20 to face UMass Lowell in the penultimate home game of the 2019 regular season. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.