Women's Soccer Visits Buffalo
ALBANY, N.Y. – A brief reprieve at home where they notched their first victory of the new season leads into yet another road trip for the University at Albany women’s soccer team, who will visit Buffalo this weekend.
Sunday, September 8 at Buffalo (12:00 p.m.)
Leading the Pack
- Two more Great Danes notched their first goals of the season against CCSU, Jada Colbert and Meghan Cavanaugh, driving UAlbany to its first 2019 victory
- Cavanaugh shares the team lead in points with four with Jasmine Colbert, who scored twice at Army West Point
- Cavanaugh also shares the team assists lead with Christina Cernuto, with two apiece
The Bulls have opened their season 0-2, dropping games to both Navy and St. Bonaventure by a score of 1-0. Buffalo plays Houston Baptist Friday night before hosting UAlbany on Sunday. In the preseason MAC poll, the Bulls were picked to finish fourth and received one first-place vote after finishing 11-8 last season, and 5-7 in-conference. Buffalo returns three of its top four scorers from last season, as well as its three best defenders and 2018 goalkeeper Emily Kelly, who recorded seven shutouts as a freshman.
UAlbany has faced off against Buffalo twice since 1999, most recently last season, falling to the Bulls by a final score of 0-2. Their first meeting was September 6, 1999, with Buffalo taking a 1-0 victory.
After three games on the road to open the season, UAlbany played its home opener in a victory over Central Connecticut State. The reprieve was short-lived, as the team departed once more for a road game, their fourth in their first five games, at Buffalo. Following the game at the Bulls, the Great Danes will play each of their next four at home.
UAlbany fell by one goal in each of its first three games of the season. After facing shutouts against Oklahoma and Northeaster, Jasmine Colbert broke through with two scores against Army West Point, but the Black Knights came back to score three goals in the final 25 minutes to win 3-2. UAlbany scored twice more hosting Central Connecticut State, claiming their first victory.
UAlbany was picked first in the America East preseason coaches’ poll, collecting four first-place votes and 57 overall points. The top five teams, UAlbany, Hartford, Stony Brook, UMass Lowell, and New Hampshire, were separated by only 17 points.
UAlbany returns four players who earned All-Conference recognition in 2018. Meghan Cavanaugh was named First Team; Jada Colbert was named Rookie of the Year, Second Team, and All-Rookie; Gina Bracamonte was named Second Team; Jasmine Colbert was named All-Rookie. Additionally, Cavanaugh and both Colbert sisters were named to the America East All-Tournament team.
Joining the incoming freshman class of nine student-athletes is junior Kendra Harbinger. Harbinger is a member of the UAlbany women’s lacrosse team, and will pull double-duty with women’s soccer starting this season. Harbinger previously played soccer at Shenendehowa High School.
The 2019 season sees the America East schedule stretched out over an additional week, and the America East Tournament timeline condensed to include fewer days between the semifinals and finals. The move was made to give teams more control over their midweek games and allow for more rest in between games.
2018 marked the departure of program record-setters Mariah Williams and Caroline Kopp to graduation. Williams set single-season and career program records in both points and goals, while Kopp set single-season and career records in assists.
UAlbany returns to the road to visit Buffalo on Sunday, September 8 before a four-game home stand starting on September 10.