Bill Ziskin

Men's Soccer Falls at New Hampshire 1-0

UAlbany Sports Information   10-05-2018

Score: New Hampshire 1, UAlbany 0 (2OT)

Location: Wildcat Stadium in Durham, N.H.

Records: UAlbany (3-8-0, 0-3-0 AE); New Hampshire (8-2-1, 2-1-0 AE)

Short Story: Men’s soccer loses its fifth-straight game Friday night in double-overtime at New Hampshire.

Coach Gorman: “Our players gave a tremendous effort tonight.  We’ve had a tough run with one-goal, and overtime, games.  We’re not playing poorly but results haven’t shown that.  The fight and determination we played with speaks to our character and also says we will continue to give everything we have in each game – continuing with the next one.”

Key Stats

  • New Hampshire outshot UAlbany 14-10
  • UAlbany committed 20 fouls, including 13 in the first half
  • New Hampshire drew nine corner kicks, compared to UAlbany’s six
  • Three of UAlbany’s 10 shots were on target
  • Danny Vitiello made five saves

Recap

The University at Albany men’s soccer team fell at New Hampshire Friday night 1-0 in double-overtime.  It was the Great Danes’ fifth straight loss, which dropped the team to 0-3 in conference play.

The Wildcats were picked second in the America East preseason poll, and last week ranked #23 in the country before a loss at Binghamton dropped them from the rankings in the latest poll.  The last two games between UAlbany and New Hampshire featured come-from-behind 2-1 victories, with the winning team scoring twice in the last 10 minutes of each game.  UAlbany won two years ago and New Hampshire won last season.

UAlbany took the first shot of the game, in the 15th minute when Hafliði Sigurðarson’s rip was blocked by the Wildcat defense.  Shots for the game, and by period, accumulated relatively evenly, with New Hampshire drawing slight advantages of 4-3 in the first half, 9-7 in the second, and 1-0 in the second overtime.

A scoreless first half led to a scoreless second half.  UAlbany drew two early corner kicks in the second, but were unable to come away with a goal.  The Great Danes ripped off two shots in the final two minutes in an effort to avoid overtime, but came up empty.

Neither team took a shot in the first overtime period, and for the first time this season the Danes headed into a second overtime period.  New Hampshire was able to capitalize early, scoring within the first minute to win the game 1-0.

UAlbany has now gone into overtime in five of 11 games this season, and nine of their last 18.  In those games, the Danes are 2-4-3, with two of the ties leading to postseason advancements in penalty kicks.

Next: UAlbany closes its season-long four-game road trip with a visit to American University on Tuesday, October 9.

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