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Men's Soccer Set to Host Colgate, Quinnipiac

UAlbany Sports Information   09-10-2019

ALBANY, N.Y.- The University at Albany men’s soccer team is set to close out its three-game home stand this week, hosting Colgate on Thursday at 7:30 pm, and Quinnipiac on Sunday at 4 pm.

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Thursday, September 12 vs. Colgate

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Sunday, September 15 vs. Quinnipiac

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Leading the Pack

Scouting Colgate

The Raiders concluded 2018 with a 13-5-5 record and went 5-2-2 against the Patriot League. The team is coming off a historic season in which they became the first team in Patriot League history to win three consecutive championships.

Colgate knocked off American and Lehigh before shutting out Army in the championship match to secure an NCAA berth. The Raiders then knocked off New Hampshire 1-0 in the first round, and then fell to No. 1 Wake Forest in the second round.

This season, the Raiders enter the match with a 0-1-3 record. The team is coming off back to back draws with #22 New Hampshire, and Yale. Drew Fischer, Christian Clark and Kian Alberto lead Colgate having one goal apiece.

Last Meeting vs. Colgate

The Great Danes and Raiders last met on August 27, 2018. That meeting was the 11th between the two teams, and Colgate won 2-1 in overtime.

Scouting Quinnipiac

The Bobcats concluded 2018 with a 10-6-3 record and went 8-1-1 against the MAAC. The team made it to the MAAC finals, but fell to Rider by a score of 1-0.

This season, Quinnipiac enters the weekend with a 1-2-1 record, and are coming off a 1-0 loss to Vermont. Eamon Whelan was selected as the 2019 MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, and Quinnipiac was predicted to finish second in the preseason poll. Whelan currently leads the team in goals with two.

Last Meeting vs. Quinnipiac

UAlbany and Quinnipiac last met on September 15, 2018. That meeting was the first between the two teams, and the Bobcats won 2-1 in overtime.

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.

Next

UAlbany will hit the road on Wednesday, September 18 and take on Marist. Kickoff is set for 7 pm.

 

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