ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany men’s soccer team will play in the second round of the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season. Last year, the Great Danes hosted Boston College after drawing the #14 seed and a first round bye. This season, UAlbany will travel to tournament 10-seed Western Michigan after dispatching Maryland in the first round.
The Great Danes (14-4-3, 4-2-1 AE) played the Terrapins to a 0-0 tie after 110 tense minutes of regulation and overtime. Headed to penalty kicks for the second time in four games, Maryland held a 14-4 shots advantage but neither team was able to find the back of the net in time to avoid a shootout.
The penalty kicks lasted eight tense rounds before Brynjar Steinþórsson successfully converted the clinching attempt to put UAlbany into the second round by a margin of 5-4. UAlbany has allowed just one goal in the postseason so far, encompassing four games.
Western Michigan currently ranks sixth in the United Soccer Coaches national poll, having fallen from fourth after succumbing 3-1 to Akron in the Mid-American tournament final. The Broncos have played six games this season against teams ranked in one of the four major national polls, collecting a record of 4-2 along the way.
Western Michigan’s 16 wins on the season mark an improvement of nine wins from a year ago. The winner of Sunday’s game will face the winner of tournament seven-seed Michigan State and Virginia Tech.
THE OUTLOOK: WESTERN MICHIGAN (16-3-1, 5-0-0 MAC) │ Sunday, November 19, 2:00 p.m. │ Kalamazoo, Mich.
Last we met: First meeting Tale of the Tape:
Western Michigan is 10-2-0 at home this season
UAlbany is 7-3-2 on the road
Since opening the season 0-2 on the road, UAlbany has gone 7-1-2 in road games
Western Michigan defeated UMBC 2-0; UAlbany went 0-1-1 against UMBC
Western Michigan has recorded a program-record 13 shutouts this season
Western Michigan will host its first NCAA tournament game, appearing for just the second time
Since losing back-to-back games to New Hampshire and UMBC, UAlbany has gone 5-0-3, allowing one goal
Three of UAlbany’s last five games have gone to overtime; two of its last four have gone to penalty kicks
Western Michigan’s Brandon Bye was named 2017 MAC Player of the Year
Series History: 0-0 2016 Record: 9-6-4, (1-1-3 MAC); fourth place MAC, MAC semifinalist Top Offensive Player: Brandon Bye, Sr., M, (12g, 5a) Between the Posts: Drew Shepherd, R-Sr., (15-2-1, 0.70 GAA, .723 Sv%)