Men's Soccer Shuts Out Binghamton On Senior Night, Clinches Spot In America East Tournament
Score: UAlbany 3, Binghamton 0
Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (8-9-0, 3-4-0 AE); Binghamton (3-12-2, 2-5-0 AE)
Short Story: UAlbany men’s soccer clinches a spot in the America East Tournament on Senior Night with a shutout victory over Binghamton.
Coach Gorman: “It was always going to be a big, physical challenge tonight with two teams playing for the last spot in the playoffs. You work your whole season for it so of course emotions are going to be running high. Both teams are going to give maximum physical effort, and I thought our guys did a really good job of doing that, but also finding quality in the moments that allowed us to create chances and win the game.”
- UAlbany and Binghamton each took nine shots
- Five of UAlbany’s shots were on target, compared to just two for Binghamton
- Shane Devine scored his first career goal at UAlbany
- The teams combined for nine corner kicks in the first half, and 17 for the full game
The University at Albany men’s soccer program has punched its ticket to the 2018 America East Tournament following a 3-0 win-or-go-home victory over Binghamton Wednesday night at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. It was UAlbany’s third-straight shutout victory to close the regular season.
UAlbany has drawn the six seed, and will play three-seed UMass Lowell, who was the Danes’ opponent in the 2017 America East title game. Binghamton was eliminated with the loss.
“Any senior playing in their final home game is special for them,” said head coach Trevor Gorman. “I think for a program, whether it’s one senior or 15 it’s still special that you honor that group before the match and you show them your appreciation for what they’ve done for the program over their tenure. This year we have a fantastic group of young men who have seen a lot of success, but they’re even better people off the field. So for us to honor them before the match, to have the ovation they got, and to get a win on Senior Night is very appropriate.”
Early in the first half, UAlbany drew five corner kicks in one possession. On the last, Binghamton finally managed to clear the ball and initiated a counterattack. Vitiello charged out of his box to disrupt Binghamton’s charge, clearing the ball out of danger.
In the 17th minute, Solabarrieta charged down the left side of the field and drew the ball back to Shane Devine, who was trailing the play at the top of the box. Devine ripped his shot one touch high into the back of the net to put UAlbany up 1-0. It was Devine’s first career goal as a Great Dane.
UAlbany held on to its 1-0 lead through the remainder of the first half. The Danes held a large advantage in corner kicks, drawing seven compared to Binghamton’s three.
In the 59th minute, Solabarrieta took advantage of a broken play to put UAlbany up 2-0. A misplayed pass backwards to Binghamton goalkeeper Chris Shutler allowed Solabarrieta to take possession and push through a shot on a wide-open net.
Binghamton’s miscues on defense continued for a time when, in the 66th minute, Adam Malekos ripped a shot from close range directly at Shutler, who made a kick save to prevent the goal. In the ensuing chaos, a Binghamton defender knocked the ball into the goal, for which Malekos was credited, to put UAlbany up 3-0.
Despite the blunders, Binghamton played its best at the start of the second half, but never found a way through UAlbany’s defense. The Bearcats would have two final scoring chances late, drawing two corner kicks in the 90th minute, but neither produced a goal, and UAlbany went on to win 3-0.
The Great Danes have outscored their opponents 6-0 during their current three-game shutout victory stretch.
Stony Brook claimed the regular season title following a 2-2, double-overtime draw with UMBC. New Hampshire moved into second following a victory at Vermont, for which the Catamounts fell to fourth. UMBC’s one point from the tie with the Seawolves secured the five-seed.
Next: UAlbany will visit UMass Lowell for the quarterfinal round on Saturday, November 3. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.