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Summers' Late Goal Lifts Women's Soccer over Cornell

UAlbany Sports Information   09-15-2019

Score: UAlbany 1, Cornell 0

 

Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.

 

Records: UAlbany (3-3-1); Cornell (4-1-0)

 

Short story: Hailey Summers’ late goal pushes UAlbany past previously unbeaten Cornell ahead of the America East opener against Hartford next weekend.

 

Key Stats

 

  • Hailey Summers scored her first career goal to clinch the victory for UAlbany
  • Sophia Chen recorded her second-straight shutout
  • UAlbany outshot Cornell 12-4, including 7-1 in the second half
  • UAlbany drew four second-half corners to Cornell’s zero

 

Coach Bochette: “We’re thrilled to get a result.  I thought we were really good at times and there are clearly some areas where we want to get better.  Cornell hadn’t lost until today so they obviously know how to fight and grit one out.  They were very tough and very gritty and made us work for everything.  I thought in the second half we were very much the aggressor, and we put them under some pretty intense pressure.  I think we can be better about creating even more chances and limiting what they can get on the break.  The defense dealt with Cornell’s big, physical attack well, and dealt with their direct service well.  We’re happy with the second half, with the way the defense is coming together, and looking forward to getting back to work this week and welcoming Hartford next weekend.”

 

Summers: “We knew time was winding down and we were all trying really hard to get to the ball.  I was very excited to get in and take the shot and score the goal.  The win has us on the right track and builds our confidence.  Now, we’ll go out and have a good week of training as we prepare for Hartford.”

 

Chen: “This year I finally feel like I’m in my groove and it feels good to be starting.  Defensively, we’re always switched on and I don’t think we have a weak point.  It feels really good to get another shutout.  I feel like I’ve grown a lot since my freshman year and I feel a lot more mature.”

 

Recap

 

University at Albany junior Hailey Summers scored her first career goal Sunday to propel the Great Danes to victory over the visiting Cornell Big Red 1-0.

 

Summers’ goal in the 88th minute came on a broken play in the Cornell penalty box, where the defender was able to find the ball and rip a shot into the back of the net to break the scoreless tie.  Cornell had entered the game undefeated, winning each of their first four games of the season.

 

In goal, junior Sophia Chen made her fourth-consecutive start and recorded her second-straight shutout while recording two saves.

 

The Great Danes dominated possession throughout the game, controlling the ball for nearly 60% of game time.  Though the first half played out relatively evenly, with UAlbany taking five shots to Cornell’s three, the Great Danes increased the pressure in the second half, outshooting the Big Red 7-1.  Further, UAlbany drew four corner kicks in the second half, while Cornell did not draw any.

 

Big Red goalkeeper Nicole Shulman recorded four saves in the match while facing 12 shots from the Great Danes.  Freshman Leah Pais led UAlbany offensively, taking three shots off the bench.

 

Up next: The Great Danes open America East play against 2018 semifinal opponent Hartford on Sunday, September 22 at 1:00 p.m.

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