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Men's Soccer Hosts Championship Rematch vs. Hartford

UAlbany Sports Information   10-19-2017

ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany men’s soccer team returns to Tom & Mary Casey Stadium for its final two home games of the 2017 regular season starting on Friday in a rematch of the 2016 America East title game against Hartford.

The Great Danes (9-4-0, 2-2-0 AE) clinched their first-ever America East title in 2016, defeating Hartford 1-0 in the 89th minute on a successful penalty kick attempt from Afonso Pinheiro. For the game, UAlbany outshot Hartford 19-2.

The Hawks entered the 2016 America East tournament as the five-seed, and defeated New Hampshire and top-seed Stony Brook on the road to earn its spot in the final. As the two-seed, UAlbany earned a first-round bye, and then shutout three-seed Vermont in the semifinal.

The Great Danes and Hawks opened the America East scheduled against one another in 2016 in West Hartford, Conn., playing to a 0-0, double-overtime tie.

UAlbany has lost its last two games, to then-#23 New Hampshire 2-1, and at UMBC 3-1. Against UMBC, UAlbany allowed only its second first-half goal of the season, and trailed by more than one goal for the first time all season.

Hartford has lost three of its last five, but most recently played Stony Brook to a 1-1 draw on the road. The Hawks’ last win was a 2-1 affair over Northeastern on October 3.

UAlbany currently ranks fourth in the America East standings behind New Hampshire, Vermont, and UMBC, while holding a head-to-head victory over the Catamounts. They have the same conference record as UMass Lowell, against whom the Danes also have a head-to-head victory.

After Hartford, the Great Danes will play the final home game of the 2017 regular season on Tuesday, October 24 against Hartwick.

Reserve your season tickets for the 2017 season for the low price of $50.

This year's season ticket package includes:

  • Gold Chairback Seating!
  • Postseason ticket priority!
  • Official UAlbany Soccer scarf!

Click here to purchase your 2017 UAlbany Men's Soccer season tickets.  For more information, interested parties may visit ualbanysports.com/tickets or call the UAlbany ticket office at 518-442-DANE.

THE OUTLOOK: HARTFORD (4-8-3, 0-3-1 AE) │ Friday, October 20, 7:00 p.m. │ Albany, N.Y.

Last we met: W, 1-0, November 13, 2016, Albany, N.Y.
Tale of the Tape:

  • Hartford is 3-4-2 on the road this season
  • UAlbany is 5-1-0 at home
  • Hartford defeated Marist 1-0; UAlbany lost to Marist 3-2
  • Hartford lost to Vermont 1-0; UAlbany defeated Vermont 1-0
  • Hartford lost to New Hampshire 3-0; UAlbany lost to New Hampshire 2-1
  • UAlbany leads the America East in scoring offense and is second in scoring defense
  • Daniel Krutzen leads the America East in assists (6)
  • Nico Solabarrieta is tied for second in the America East in assists (5)
  • Afonso Pinheiro is second in the America East in points (18)
  • Danny Vitiello leads the America East in shutouts (4)

Series History: Tied 7-7-3
2016 Record: 9-10-3, (2-3-2 AE); fifth place America East, America East finalist
Top Offensive Player: Alexis Triadis, So., M, (3g, 4a)
Between the Posts: Jimmy Slayton, So., (4-7-3, 1.26 GAA, .747 Sv%)

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