UAlbany Dominates Weekend in Arizona
Score: UAlbany 3, New Mexico State 1
Location: Tucson, Arizona - Kino Sports Complex
Records: UAlbany (2-0); New Mexico State (1-1)
Short Story: The UAlbany soccer team defeated New Mexico State 3-1 on Sunday, August 19th at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona. The Great Danes were coming off of a 1-0 victory over the University of Arizona on Friday.
How It Happened:
UAlbany’s Miranda Badovinac put up the first shot against New Mexico State goalie Mia Montano that went high.
UAlbany’s Andrea Leitner made the first save, holding off New Mexico long enough for Mariah Williams to score the first goal, assisted by Claire Stackel, for UAlbany. The goal was preceded by a shot Williams took that was saved by Mia Montano a minute earlier in gameplay. Williams beat the keeper to score the goal unassisted.
The score was 1-0 UAlbany by the end of the first half.
The Great Danes had an exciting second goal that was again scored by Mariah Williams after Gina Bracamonte and Claire Stackel both took shots on goal that were blocked by Montano. Bracamonte’s shot was in the 52nd minute of gameplay and Stackel’s shot was in the 59th minute. Williams scored the second goal, assisted by Meghan Cavanaugh, in the 60th minute.
Aileen Galicia scored for New Mexico in the 86th minute, making the score 2-1.
Less than three minutes later, Katie Gowing scored a third goal for UAlbany assisted by freshman midfielder Sami Falkenstein. The goal was scored on a header off of a corner kick.
The final score of the game was 3-1 UAlbany.
Comments From Head Coach Nick Bochette:
"It's been a fantastic weekend for us. A demanding trip like this that includes two quality opponents and a quick turnaround will accelerate our learning and growing tenfold. It's been great to see this group continue to gel and coalesce as we enjoy the road together, and I think everyone is excited for the challenges that lie ahead.
Today's game was very different from Friday night. We weren't able to play the way we wanted for all 90 minutes due to a hard-working opponent and some pretty oppressive heat, but we found ways to be dangerous throughout the match. I'm excited about where we're at, and looking forward to see how the group continues to evolve."
Next: The Great Danes will head to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts on Wednesday, August 22nd to take on Boston College at 5 p.m.