UAlbany Storms Back vs. Marist, 4-3
Score: UAlbany 4, Marist 3
Location: Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (1-0-0); Marist (0-1-0)
Short Story: UAlbany wins its first season opener since 2010, coming back from down two against Marist to win 4-3.
Coach Gorman: “The game couldn’t have started any worse for us. That was a dream start for an opponent and a nightmare start for us. But for us to come back and pull level and then go ahead and to end up getting a result I thought was just a fantastic show of character from the guys. We have a lot of guys in this group who are winners, who have won a lot of games, and we were able to stick with what we wanted to get and get results.”
- Marist took a two-goal lead within the first 10 minutes of the game
- UAlbany scored the next two, tying the game in the 41st minute
- Kaio DaSilva recorded his first career goal and assist as a Great Dane in the first half
- Nico Solabarrieta scored two goals in the second half, including the go-ahead goal in the 50th minute
Marist got on the board first early, when Sam Bounthong ripped a shot from distance over goalkeeper Danny Vitiello’s outstretched hand to give Marist a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute. Shortly afterwards, Marist’s Juan Parada and Skylar Conway connected for a give-and-go off a corner kick, with Parada finding the back of the net to put the Red Foxes up two in the 11th minute.
The quick scoring barrage ended, and the teams played evenly for the next 10 minutes. UAlbany broke through the Marist defense in the 21st minute, when Hugo Guerra set up Kaio DaSilva with a through ball behind the Red Fox defensive line. DaSilva ran on to the ball, clear of the defense, and pushed his shot wide right of Marist goalkeeper Svyatoslav’s hand and into the back of the net for his first career goal to get UAlbany on the board.
“The new guys have to get into things quickly right now,” said head coach Trevor Gorman. “We have so many new guys and we’re light a couple of bodies so we’re having to throw guys into the fire, and it’s always going to be a learning experience for everybody. To see so many guys get action and get a feel for what it’s like and to play well on opening night is always a good feeling.”
Twenty minutes later, Carlos Clark was the beneficiary of a flick header from DaSilva into the box off a throw in. Clark collected the ball and placed his shot low past Svyatoslav to tie the game at two.
Early in the second half, Nico Solabarrieta, leading scorer on the 2017 team, received a pass from Daniel Krutzen, setting up the go-ahead goal for the Great Danes, taking a 3-2 lead. Solabarrieta scored once more, in the 56th minute, after DaSilva drew a penalty kick in a collision with Svyatoslav on a breakaway attempt.
“It was a very hard game against Marist, as always,” said Solabarrieta. “We haven’t beaten them in a while, so when we scored that third goal it felt great. It was just so good to stay in the lead after such a hard effort from the team being down 2-0. It was hard, as always, Marist is a great team with great players, but we got the result.”
Marist drew within one in the 73rd minute when Christian Curti redirected a corner kick from Bounthong with a soft header over Vitiello into the far side netting. The Red Foxes were unable to find the back of the net again, and UAlbany went on to take the game by a final score of 4-3.
The victory was UAlbany’s first in a season opener since the 2010 season when they defeated Fairfield on the road 2-0. The four goals UAlbany scored were the most in a single game since scoring four against Rhode Island on August 28, 2017, and the combined seven goals are the most since UAlbany and Boston College combined for eight on September 20, 2016.
“The big challenge for us now is to get ready for Monday night,” said Gorman. “Colgate is an excellent team, so we know going there for their home opener in front of a big crowd at their place is going to be a different dynamic. We’re now the team on the road that will have to come in and make our own luck and our own good fortune. We know it’s a big challenge coming up and we have to use the next 48-72 hours to get as healthy and rested as we can while also trying to get better, because it is so early in the season.”
Next: UAlbany hits the road for the first time this season to face off against two-time defending Patriot League champion and 2017 NCAA Round of 16 participant Colgate on Monday, August 27. The Great Danes will return home to host Harvard on Friday, August 31 and St. Bonaventure on Monday, September 3 before playing nine of their next 11 games on the road.