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Men's Soccer Hosts Home Opener vs. Providence

UAlbany Sports Information   09-04-2019

ALBANY, N.Y.- After two games on the road to open the season, the University at Albany men’s soccer team will finally host their 2019 home opener on Friday, welcoming Big East opponent Providence to Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.

Game Info

Friday, September 6 vs. Providence

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Leading the Pack

Scouting Providence

The Friars concluded the 2018 season with a 10-7-2 overall record and went 6-2-1 in Big East play. The top six scorers have all returned for the team, which is led by Tiango Mendonca. Mendonca was voted to the Preseason All-Big Team entering the 2019 season after leading Providence in goals last season with five.

The team enters the game with a 1-1 record, and are coming off a 2-1 loss on Monday to #22 New Hampshire. Five Friars each have a goal to start the season. Austin Aviza has seen most of the action in goal for Providence, playing over 168 minutes while having a 1.07 goals against average.

Last Meeting

The Great Danes and Friars last met on September 7, 2018. That meeting was the first between the two teams, and Providence held on for a 1-0 win.

Home Sweet Home

UAlbany went 5-2 at Casey Stadium in 2018, which included wins in its last three of the season at home. Dating back to 2015, the Great Danes have had a winning record at home.

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.


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