Men's Soccer Falls At Western Michigan 2-0
Score: Western Michigan 2, UAlbany 0
Location: WMU Soccer Complex in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Records: UAlbany (14-5-3, 4-2-1 AE); Western Michigan (17-3-1, 5-0-0 MAC)
Short Story: Playing in the NCAA Second Round for the second straight season, the UAlbany men’s soccer team fell on the road at Western Michigan 2-0 to close out their season.
Coach Gorman: “Today was a very difficult November NCAA tournament game. It was a hard-fought battle between two teams in a difficult environment to play. I thought we had segments in the game where we were very good and were able to do the things that we wanted to do. We were disappointed to concede two set-piece goals, but the game has such fine margins and the goal that we had disallowed looked like it was a good goal. That would have evened the game at one and changed things a bit. At the end of the day, full credit to Western Michigan. Congratulations to them. They’re a good team that advance on, and we’re very proud of our guys for what we’ve accomplished throughout the entirety of the season.”
- UAlbany gave up just its third first-half goal of the season
- Western Michigan outshot UAlbany 13-2 in the first half, but only 2-1 in shots on goal
- Western Michigan took three corners to UAlbany’s zero in the first half
- The game was played with 10 players per side after double red cards in the 62nd minute
- UAlbany took its first corner kick in the 75th minute
- Western Michigan outshot UAlbany 22-8 for the full game
- Dominic Wooldridge blocked a Western Michigan clean shot from Tommy Clark from the top of the box in the 18th minute, the first in a sequence of three quick shots for the Broncos that did not find the back of the net
- Jeff Medina blocked a Broncos shot from Jay McIntosh from the six in the 21st minute
- Western Michigan’s Brandon Bye mishit a point blank shot high over the crossbar in the 24th minute
- Wooldridge ripped UAlbany’s first shot from the top of the box, saved low by Drew Shepherd
- Kosti Moni scored on a double-header assist off a throw-in in the 39th minute
- Western Michigan’s Anthony Bowie missed a shot just high from the top of the box in the 48th minute
- Afonso Pinheiro was called for a foul on a breakaway in the 55th minute, having the equalizer called back
- Adam Malekos blocked a potential second goal from the Broncos McIntosh in the 58th minute deep in the UAlbany box
- Western Michigan’s Ben Thornton scored in the 62nd minute to put the Broncos up 2-0
- Malekos’ long shot heading towards the upper 90 was saved by Shepherd in the 75th minute
- Danny Vitiello prevented a third goal, saving an open shot from Bye, who had worked his way behind the defense on a free kick
The University at Albany men’s soccer team lost at Western Michigan 2-0 Sunday, drawing their season to a close in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
UAlbany conceded just its third first-half goal of the season in the 39th minute. A Western Michigan throw-in was headed twice before reaching the Broncos’ Kosti Moni, who had just substituted in the previous minute. Moni scored the first goal against the Great Danes since UMBC in the America East quarterfinals.
Trailing 1-0 at the start of the second half, senior Afonso Pinheiro broke behind the Western Michigan defense and scored what looked to be the equalizing goal. The score was called back as a foul was called on Pinheiro as he wrestled a Bronco defender for the ball heading towards the goal.
Seven minutes later, Western Michigan scored again, putting UAlbany in a 2-0 hole. In the aftermath of the second goal, a scuffle broke out between the teams, resulting in one red card each for the Great Danes and the Broncos. The remainder of the game would be played 10-on-10.
The subtraction of two players on the field opened up the game, and UAlbany was able to put more pressure on the Western Michigan defense. The Danes were unable to break through, however, ultimately falling by a score of 2-0. It was only the second time this season that UAlbany had been defeated by multiple scores.
UAlbany’s 14 victories this season set a program high for single-season victories, breaking the previous best of 13 set last year. When he first entered the game to start the second half, Pinheiro set the program record for career appearances with 81, breaking a tie with former teammate Luke Palmateer, who graduated with 80 appearances last season.
Pinheiro leaves the program as the Division I era leader in goals and points, and tied for the program lead in assists. Nico Solabarrieta also has a share of the career lead in assist, and his 22 points this season rank tied for fourth in single-season history, vaulting him into third place in Division I era program scoring. Carlos Clark also jumped into the top 10, finishing seventh in Division I career scoring. Danny Vitiello’s stellar season sees him now ranked atop the record book in goals-against average, second in save percentage, and third in career victories, trailing the all-time leader by two. Solabarrieta, Clark, and Vitiello all have one season of eligibility remaining.
Next: UAlbany’s season has come to a close. Western Michigan will advance to the Sweet 16 to play tournament seven-seed Michigan State.