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UAlbany Women's Soccer Hosts Binghamton, Travels to UNH This Week

UAlbany Sports Information   09-25-2017

ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany women’s soccer team continues America East play this week, having its conference home opener vs. Binghamton on Thursday, September 28th at 7 p.m. then traveling to New Hampshire for a game on Sunday, October 1st at 2 p.m.

Each game will be broadcast online free of charge on AmericaEast.tv.  Admittance to the UAlbany-Binghamton game at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium is free to the public.

UAlbany is unbeaten against Binghamton in its last three meetings including winning the last two, with a 1-0 victory in Vestal last year.  Binghamton leads the all-time series 11-5-2.  UAlbany knocked UNH out of the 2016 America East Tournament semifinals with a 1-0 victory for the second straight victory in the series, which UNH leads 10-7-1.

UAlbany won its conference opener at UMBC 3-1 on Sunday to stand at 3-7 overall and 1-0 in the America East.  UNH defeated Binghamton at home 2-1 on Sunday to put the Bearcats at 6-2-3 overall, 0-1 in the league and the Wildcats at 7-3 overall and 1-0 in conference play.

VEGA EARNS AMERICA EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK: With two goals in the victory at UMBC, Vivian Vega has been selected as the America East Women’s Soccer Co-Player of the Week, announced by the conference on Monday.  This is the first conference weekly honor for the team this season.

VEGA - SECOND ALL-TIME IN GOALS AT UALBANY: Vivian Vega, who scored the game-winning goal against Hartford for the 2016 America East title, stands with 22 goals in their career, second all-time at UAlbany.  She is one goal away from tying for first in goals with Shayla Bergeron, who had 23 goals from 2010-12.  She has two goals this season.

FRESHMAN UP!: UAlbany will be relying on two freshmen to split the time in goal this season.  It will be the second year in a row that UAlbany will have its primary goalkeeper being a freshman.  Through the season, 

Andrea Leitner has started seven with a 64.1% save rate and 2.00 goals allowed average.  Sophia Chen has started three times at a 52.9% save rate and 2.67 goals allowed average.

KOPP WITH THE ASSIST: Caroline Kopp is rising up the leaderboard in assists, standing tied for third in the America East with three this year.  She also has 11 in her career, placing her fifth all-time in UAlbany history, five away from Kiana Rugar’s top mark of 16.  Kopp had six assists in 2016, the fourth-highest single season assists mark in program history.

MIGHTY MARIAH: Mariah Williams is off to a strong beginning as a starter at forward, scoring UAlbany’s first three goals this season, including 2-2 on penalty kicks.  Including the two goals vs. UConn last season, Williams had a streak of five goals in a row for UAlbany.  The junior has 13 career goals at UAlbany.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: The top scorer in the America East, West Virginia transfer forward Kayla Saager has eight goals and five assists for Binghamton.  Senior Katie Hatziyianis has a 82.8% save rate and 0.88 goals allowed average. 

The program’s all-time goals leader and sister of UAlbany’s Bee Murphy, senior forward Brooke Murphy stands with six goals.  Senior Mia Neas is in goal at a 0.90 goals allowed average and an 86.4% save rate.

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