Men's Soccer Falls 1-0 to St. Bonaventure
Score: St. Bonaventure 1, UAlbany 0
Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (2-2-0); St. Bonaventure (2-1-1)
Short Story: UAlbany concedes a late goal to fall at home against St. Bonaventure 1-0.
Coach Gorman: “These games are sometimes the toughest to take when they don’t go your way. We did a lot of good things. We did control the game, we had possession, we had territory, we got into dangerous areas and we created plenty of chances. Credit to St. Bonaventure, they had a rough road trip with two away games far from home. They had their game plan and in the end they were able to carve out that moment that got them their goal.”
- UAlbany outshot St. Bonaventure 4-1 in the first half
- UAlbany drew seven corner kicks to St. Bonaventure’s four
- St. Bonaventure outshot UAlbany 6-4 in the second half
- Two of UAlbany’s eight shots were on target
The University at Albany men’s soccer team fell late against visiting St. Bonaventure Monday, dropping the game by a final score of 1-0 after an 85th minute goal by the Bonnies.
For the third consecutive game, UAlbany played a scoreless first half. The Great Danes managed their first shot in the 15th minute, when senior Nico Solabarrieta missed the mark wide. The Danes’ best scoring opportunity of the half came when graduate transfer Gino Rossi received the ball at point-blank range in front of St. Bonaventure goalkeeper Luke Iacobellis, but just missed a clean strike and instead saw the ball roll harmlessly into Iacobellis’ hands.
UAlbany’s offense started to come to life in the 59th minute, when, in the span of four minutes of game time, the Great Danes took two shots and drew three corner kicks. Despite the pressure UAlbany put on the St. Bonaventure defense, the team was unable to come away with a goal for their effort.
Despite controlling the pace of play for most of the game, the Great Danes were unable to take advantage of their scoring opportunities. With just under 10 minutes remaining in regulation, Daniel Krutzen switched the field, playing Rossi into space deep along the left sideline. Rossi drew the ball across the middle to a hard-charging Solabarrieta, who just missed getting his foot on the ball.
“Our goal is to get better,” said head coach Trevor Gorman. “And I think we did get better tonight. We were better tonight than we were on Friday, and we were better on Friday than we were last weekend. So as long as we keep getting better of course we’re going to be encouraged and we’re going to want more. We don’t like losing, and we especially don’t like losing at home, but we got better tonight. I thought we saw some good things, and now we have to take that into preparing for Providence on Friday night.”
St. Bonaventure put together a quick three-player give-and-go that set up Bonnies leading scorer Kosi Nwafornso for the go-ahead goal in the 85th minute. After receiving the ball inside the six, Nwafornso chipped the ball over Danny Vitiello’s outstretched hand and into the back of the net to break the scoreless tie.
As time wound down, UAlbany put the pressure on again, coming away with a solid scoring chance when Solabarrieta redirected a serve with his head towards the St. Bonaventure goal, but into Iacobellis’ hands. The Danes would draw a corner kick off a deflected shot by Carlos Clark in the 90th minute, but were unable to capitalize and ultimately fell by a final score of 1-0.
The loss was UAlbany’s first at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium since a 2-1 defeat against New Hampshire on October 11, 2017.
Next: The Great Danes will play nine of their next 11 games on the road, starting this weekend with a trip through Rhode Island to play Providence on Friday, September 7 and Brown on Sunday, September 9. UAlbany will return home on Friday, September 21 to play Stony Brook to open America East play.