Men's Soccer Visits Marist
Photo Credit: Jay Bendlin - UAlbany Athletics
ALBANY, N.Y.- Coming off a 1-1 tie on Sunday to Quinnipiac, the University at Albany men’s soccer team is set to hit the road Wednesday and take on Marist. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Wednesday, September 18 at Marist (7:00 p.m)
Leading the Pack
- Austin DaSilva and Hugo Guerra lead the team having two goals apiece.
- Both of DaSilva’s goals have come off of penalty kicks.
- A. DaSilva, Kaio DaSilva, Hafliði Sigurðarson, Sam Philip and Andrew Weiner lead the team in assists with one each.
- Weiner’s assist was on K. DaSilva’s goal against Colgate, and is the first of his collegiate career.
- Isac Hjerten has started all five games in goal to start the season, making 21 saves.
The Red Foxes concluded 2018 with an overall record of 8-5-5, and had their best record against the MAAC going 6-2-2. They made it to the MAAC semifinals, but fell to Quinnipiac in penalty kicks.
In the MAAC Preseason Coach’s Poll, the team was selected to finish fourth with two first place votes. Junior midfielder Allen Gavilanes and senior midfielder Samad Bounthong were named to the All-MAAC Preseason team. Both earned All-MAAC First Team and All-Region honors in 2018.
This season, Marist enters the week with a 2-2 record. The team is coming off a 1-0 victory against Saint Joseph’s on Saturday. Four Red Foxes currently pace the offense with one goal apiece, which includes Bounthong.
Last Meeting vs. Marist
The Great Danes and Red Foxes last met on August 24, 2018. That meeting was the 10th between the two teams, and UAlbany won 4-3.
(Goal) Keeping it Real
Hjerten picked up his first win in goal on Thursday in the 3-0 victory against Colgate, and has only let up two goals in the past three games. The freshman goalkeeper has made a total of 21 saves so far this season, which includes a big stop on a penalty kick for Quinnipiac on Sunday.
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.
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.
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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