ALBANY, N.Y. – After finishing the 2017 regular season in fourth place, the University at Albany men’s soccer team will host five-seed UMBC in the America East quarterfinal round on Saturday, November 4.
The defending champion Great Danes earned a 4-2-1 record in conference play this season, matching their conference record from a year ago. The team’s 12 overall wins were the most in the regular season among America East teams.
UAlbany ended the regular season with two games on the road. The team tied Stony Brook 0-0 in double-overtime before defeating Binghamton 2-0 on the last day of the regular season. After a brief two-game skid, the Great Danes rallied to go 3-0-1 in their final four games without allowing a goal.
UMBC ended its regular season on a three game slide, falling 3-1 at Vermont, 1-0 at Hartford, and 2-0 against Stony Brook. Including a 1-1 tie against Delaware, the last win for the Retrievers was against UAlbany on October 14.
Three of the Great Danes’ four losses this year were by one goal. UMBC was the only team to defeat UAlbany by a greater margin. One more victory by UAlbany ties their single-season Division I era program best of 13 set last year.
The winner of UAlbany/UMBC will play at one-seed Vermont on Wednesday, November 8. In the other quarterfinal game, three-seed New Hampshire hosts six-seed Stony Brook. The winner will visit two-seed UMass Lowell in the semifinals.
Visit ualbanysports.com/tickets to purchase tickets for Saturday’s game.
THE OUTLOOK: UMBC (7-6-4, 2-4-1 AE) │Saturday, November 4, 2:00 p.m. │ Albany, N.Y.
Last we met: L, 1-3, October 14, 2017, Baltimore, Md. Tale of the Tape:
UMBC is 1-4-2 on the road this season
UAlbany is 7-1-0 at home
UAlbany is 22-4-2 at home dating back to the 2015 regular season opener
UAlbany defeated UMBC 2-0 last time they played at Casey Stadium
UMBC defeated New Hampshire 1-0; UAlbany lost to New Hampshire 2-1
UMBC lost to UMass Lowell 3-2; UAlbany defeated UMass Lowell 1-0
Danny Vitiello leads in goals-against average (0.48), save percentage (.884), and shutouts (7)
Series History: UMBC leads 8-5-3 2016 Record: 5-9-3, (0-7-0 AE); eighth place America East Top Offensive Player: Gregg Hauck, Sr., M/D, (4g, 4a) Between the Posts: Ciaran O’Loughlin, Fr., (6-6-4, 1.31 GAA, .728 Sv%)