Women's Soccer Hosts St. Francis Brooklyn
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany women’s soccer team kicks off a four-game home stand Tuesday, welcoming St. Francis Brooklyn to Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. The Great Danes are 1-3-1 so far this season after playing four of their first five on the road.
Tuesday, September 10 vs. St. Francis Brooklyn (7:00 p.m.)
Leading the Pack
- Jasmine Colbert leads UAlbany with three goals and six points.
- Jada Colbert ranks second with two goals and five points
- Christina Cernuto leads UAlbany with three assists
- Sophia Chen has started two-straight games in goal, recording seven saves
Scouting St. Francis Brooklyn
The Terriers have opened 2019 0-4-0 and have yet to score a goal in their inaugural season. The program was publicly announced in June, 2018, for a Fall 2019 start. Among the team’s the Terriers have played this season is America East opponent Binghamton, who currently shares the conference standings lead with Stony Brook at 4-2-0 overall.
The Great Danes won their 2019 home opener against Central Connecticut State. UAlbany went 8-1-1 at Casey Stadium in 2018, including quarterfinal and championship victories in the America East Tournament. The Great Danes let up just eight goals in 10 games at home last year, and just two in the last five. Dating back to the 2015 season, the year of the program’s first America East title, the Great Danes are 26-9-2 at home.
For the second time in history, twin sisters Jada and Jasmine Colbert each recorded a goal in a game, with both scoring against Buffalo. The sisters previously scored in the same game last season during the America East championship game against UMass Lowell.
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 will play its second of four-straight home games on Sunday, September 15 against Cornell.