Women's Soccer Visits Hartford for America East Semifinal
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany women’s soccer team will face off against two-seed Hartford in the semifinal round of the America East Tournament on Sunday afternoon.
The Great Danes (12-6-2, 5-2-1 AE) just dispatched New Hampshire in the quarterfinal round 1-0. Senior Mariah Williams scored early in the game to give UAlbany a lead they would not relinquish. After weathering a Wildcat surge through the start of the second half, the Great Dane defense locked down and did not allow New Hampshire to take a shot for the final 30 minutes of the game.
The victory was UAlbany’s 12th of the season, representing a new program record for single-season wins, surpassing the 11 wins collected by the 1981, 2015, and 2016 teams. In 2015 and 2016, UAlbany went on to win the America East championship.
UAlbany has now won four games in a row, and has not conceded a goal in any of the four.
Hartford, by virtue of earning the two-seed, earned a bye into Sunday’s semifinal. The Hawks last played on October 21 against New Hampshire, claiming a 2-0 victory.
The Hawks spent most of the 2018 regular season atop the America East standings, thanks to a 12-game unbeaten streak staring with their fourth game. They dropped one game to Stony Brook, however, in the penultimate game of the regular season, giving the Seawolves the inside track for the top overall seed.
As was the case with New Hampshire, who UAlbany played twice in a four-game span, the Great Danes will play a rematch with Hartford on a short turnaround, for the second time in six games. In the first meeting this season between the two teams, Hartford claimed a 2-1 victory, but was outshot by UAlbany 11-4, including 7-1 in the second half.
The winner of Sunday’s match will face off against the winner of top-seed Stony Brook and four-seed UMass Lowell next weekend.
THE OUTLOOK: HARTFORD (13-2-2, 6-1-1 America East) │ Sunday, October 28, 1:00 p.m. │ West Hartford, Conn.
Last we met: L, 1-2, October 11, 2018, West Hartford, Conn.
Tale of the Tape
- UAlbany is 4-5-1 on the road this season
- Hartford is 7-1-1 at home
- Hartford and UAlbany each defeated Siena 3-0
- Hartford defeated UMass Lowell 4-2; UAlbany lost 2-1
- Hartford tied Vermont 1-1; UAlbany defeated Vermont 4-1
- Hartford defeated Maine 1-0; UAlbany defeated Maine 4-0
- Hartford defeated Binghamton 3-1; UAlbany won 1-0
- Hartford lost to Stony Brook 2-1; UAlbany tied Stony Brook 3-3
- Hartford defeated New Hampshire 2-0; UAlbany has gone 2-0 against the Wildcats
- Hartford leads the America East in scoring offense (2.41 gpg); UAlbany ranks second (2.10 gpg)
- Hartford leads in scoring defense (0.88 gpg); UAlbany ranks fourth (1.30 gpg)
- Mariah Williams leads with 16 goals and 34 points, ranking tied for fourth and tied for fifth in the NCAA, respectively
- Caroline Kopp leads with 12 assists, ranking second in the NCAA
Series History: Hartford leads 15-3-4
2017 Record: 8-9-2, (4-3-1 AE); second place America East, America East quarterfinalist
Top Offensive Player: Kaila Lozada, Jr., F, (8g, 7a)
Between the Posts: Maia Perez, So., (13-2-1, .754 Sv%, 0.91 GAA)