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Men's Soccer Opens at Kentucky, Cincinnati

UAlbany Sports Information   08-29-2019

ALBANY, N.Y.-  The University at Albany men’s soccer team is set to kick off the 2019 season with a trip to Conference USA opponent Kentucky on Friday, and AAC opponent Cincinnati on Monday. After the two-game road trip, the Great Danes will then play their next three games at home.

Game Info

Friday, August 30 at Kentucky (7:30 p.m.)

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Monday, September 2 at Cincinnati (7:00 p.m.)

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Leading the Pack

  • Junior Kaio DaSilva is the top returning scorer, netting two goals and four assists in 2018.
  • Sophomore Hafliði Sigurðarson is the next top returning scorer, having two goals and two assists in 2018.
  • The Great Danes finished third in the America East last season in scoring, averaging 1.5 goals per game.

Scouting Kentucky

  • Kentucky went 19-2-1 in 2018 and won its first C-USA Tournament title in program history.
  • The team fell to #11 Maryland in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament by a score of 1-0.
  • The Wildcats return First Team All-C-USA honoree Kail Elmedkhar, who was also named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region First Team in 2018.
  • Elmedkhar is the top returning scorer for Kentucky, netting 11 goals and 10 assists last season.

Scouting Cincinnati

  • Cincinnati went 3-14-1 in 2018 and did not make the AAC Tournament.
  • The Bearcats return Rex Epps, who had three goals and two assists in 2018.
  • Cincinnati averaged .72 goals per game last season.

Preseason Predictions

The Great Danes were selected sixth in the preseason America East coaches’ poll. Defending conference champion New Hampshire was predicted first with 47 points and five first place votes, Stony Brook in second with 40 points and three first place votes, UMBC and UMass Lowell tied in third with 34 points. Right above UAlbany in fifth was Vermont with 28 points, and rounding out the rest of the conference was Binghamton in seventh with 11 points and Hartford in eighth with nine.

Rookies Return

Sophomores Hafliði Sigurðarson and Sam Philip return to the Great Danes after having strong rookie seasons. Both were named to the America East All-Rookie Team in 2018.

Replacing Greatness

2018 marked the departure of program record-setters in Nico Solabarrieta, Daniel Krutzen, and Danny Vitiello. Solabarrieta departed the program as the Division I era career assists leader while ranking second in the Division I era in both points and goals. Krutzen briefly wrested the Division I era career record in assists from Solabarrieta early last season. Vitiello played over 5,600 minutes in goal for the Great Danes the past four years, having a .98 goals against average.

Fresh Faces

The Great Danes welcome the addition of 13 newcomers to the 2019 squad. The class features players from six countries, as well as five from New York State.

Next

UAlbany will host Providence in its home opener on Friday, September 6 at 7 p.m. To get tickets, CLICK HERE.

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