Men's Soccer Hosts Vermont
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany returns home following the longest road trip of the season to host conference rival Vermont on Friday, October 12. The Great Danes have spent the last 18 days away from home, playing in four games. Further, the Danes have played at home just once since September 3.
UAlbany (4-8-0, 0-3-0) last played against American University on Tuesday to wrap the four-game road trip. The Great Danes entered the game having lost each of their last five, including the last three by a score of 1-0.
The offense came alive against the Eagles, especially in the four-goal second half to claim their first victory since September 9, 6-2. Senior forward Nico Solabarrieta, who did not play in the first half and only appeared for 27 minutes in the second, scored each of the Danes’ four goals after the break, setting a new single-game program record for goals and points.
Daniel Krutzen recorded four assists in the game, which was also a single-game program record. The six goals were the most the Danes have scored in a single game under head coach Trevor Gorman, and the 20 total points (six goals and eight assists) also set a single-game program record.
Vermont last played at Yale Tuesday evening, defeating the Bulldogs in shutout fashion 3-0. The Catamounts have won three of their last four, and have recorded shutouts in seven of their nine wins this season.
The Catamounts are the defending America East regular season champions, having gone 5-1-1 in-conference last year and 10-8-1 overall. They hosted UAlbany in the semifinals of the America East Tournament, where the four-seed Great Danes notched a 1-0 victory en route to their second-consecutive America East title.
UAlbany has not lost to Vermont since November 8, 2014. In the five games since, the Great Danes have outscored the Catamounts 11-0.
The Great Danes are currently in eighth place in the America East as the last remaining team without a conference victory. They are only one game and three points behind a three-way tie for fifth between UMass Lowell, UMBC, and Hartford. Vermont is tied for second with New Hampshire and Binghamton, while Stony Brook remains atop the standings as the only team unbeaten in conference. Vermont is currently receiving votes just outside the top 25 in the United Soccer Coaches national poll, which saw both UMass Lowell and New Hampshire fall out of the rankings last week.
Following the game against Vermont, UAlbany will once again return to the road to play the final two away games of the regular season, starting October 20 at preseason conference favorite and 2017 America East finalist UMass Lowell and finishing October 23 at Cornell, the final non-conference opponent of the regular season. UAlbany will then play the final two regular season games at home against UMBC and Binghamton.
THE OUTLOOK: VERMONT (9-4-0, 2-1-0 America East) │ Friday, October 12, 7:00 p.m. │ ALBANY, N.Y.
Last we met: W, 1-0, November 8, 2017, Burlington, Vt.
Tale of the Tape
- UAlbany is 2-2 at home this season
- Vermont is 2-3 on the road
- Vermont lost to Colgate 2-1; UAlbany lost 2-1
- Vermont lost to Dartmouth 2-1; UAlbany lost 1-0
- Vermont defeated Hartford 2-1; UAlbany lost 1-0
- Vermont leads the America East in scoring offense (2.00 gpg); UAlbany is second (1.5 gpg)
- Vermont is second in scoring defense (0.85 gpg); UAlbany is seventh (1.58 gpg)
- Nico Solabarrieta and Vermont’s Geo Alves are tied for the conference lead with eight goals and 18 points apiece
- Daniel Krutzen leads with seven assists
- Vermont’s Clay Thomas leads in save percentage (.884), and shares the lead with four shutouts
Series History: Vermont leads 12-10-3
2017 Record: 10-8-1, (5-1-1 AE); First place AE, AE semifinalist
Top Offensive Player: Geo Alves, Sr., F, (8g, 2a)
Between the Posts: Clay Thomas, R-So., (5-2-0, .844 Sv%, 0.73 GAA)