UAlbany Women's Soccer Season Ends Off 90th Minute Goal in 2-1 Defeat vs. Vermont
Women’s Soccer Score: Vermont 2, UAlbany 1
Location: Albany, N.Y. – Tom & Mary Casey Stadium
Records: UAlbany (6-11-1), Vermont (8-8-2)
Short Story: The 3-seed UAlbany women’s soccer team equalized in the 63rd minute in the America East quarterfinal round, but fell after a 90th minute goal gave 6-seed Vermont the 2-1 victory.
- UAlbany: Katie Gowing scored her first goal of the season off her third shot of the contest in the 63rd minute off a free kick from Caroline Kopp to tie the game. Andrea Leitner had five saves in goal in the defeat.
- Vermont: Taylor Palmer scored in the 36th minute to give UVM a halftime lead, then Brooke Jenkins netted the eventual game-winning goal in the final minute of play. Coco Speckmaier notched the victory in goal with six saves.
- UAlbany outshot Vermont 18-14 in the contest.
- UAlbany had its four-game winning streak in the America East Tournament snapped. The America East will have a new champion after UAlbany took the 2015 and 2016 league tournament titles.
- Vivian Vega finishes her career with 23 goals, tied for #1 in UAlbany women’s soccer history.
- 36’ Vermont goal – A back kick from Sarah Martin brings the ball to Taylor Palmer, who dribbles forward and kicks the ball inside the left post from 12 yards out.
- 63’ UAlbany goal – Set piece off a corner kick, Caroline Kopp sent the corner to a rushing Katie Gowing for the first touch goal in the right post.
- 90’ Vermont goal – Off a cleared kick, Brooke Jenkins kicked a line drive from long range off a defender into the net.
Quote: “Anytime you lose a playoff game, especially at home, is difficult. I thought we were the better team in the second half, but Vermont fought and battled, they earned the victory they got tonight. The team is disappointed, and I am right there with them, but we had a lot of growth this year.” – UAlbany head coach Nick Bochette
Recap: The 3-seed UAlbany women’s soccer team battled to tie the game in the second half, but fell victim to a last-minute goal that sent 6-seed Vermont to a 2-1 win in the America East Tournament quarterfinal round.
With play focusing in the midfield to begin, both sides took most of its early shots from long range. UAlbany had two in a span of 100 seconds, with Vivian Vega’s being saved and one from Mariah Williams being wide. UAlbany kept sending shots towards the cage as ones from Katie Gowing and Williams went high. In the 36th minute, Sarah Martin back kicked a pass to a running Taylor Palmer for a shot from inside the box, scoring in the left post, giving Vermont a 1-0 lead, the eventual halftime score.
Vermont had the early push in half two, putting two shots wide in the opening minutes. UAlbany kept attacking with set pieces, converting in the 63rd minute as Caroline Kopp arced a cross off a free kick to a running Gowing, who pushed the ball inside the right post for the score, tying the game at 1-1. Vermont started getting off shots at the cage, with UAlbany holding off four Andrea Leitner saves. Miranda Badovinac sent a low shot towards the left post, being saved by Coco Speckmaier in the 87th minute. In the final minute, Brooke Jenkins kicked a long range line drive off the back of a UAlbany defender and into the net to make it 2-1 Vermont. UAlbany attacked one final time with a corner kick in the final seconds, but the shot was stopped near the post by Speckmaier, giving Vermont the one-goal victory.
UAlbany had won the previous two America East Tournaments in 2015 and 2016.
Vermont will advance to take on 2-seed Binghamton in Vestal on Sunday at 2 p.m. for the semifinal round.