UAlbany Women's Soccer Heads to Baltimore, Begins League Play at UMBC
BALTIMORE – The back-to-back America East champion UAlbany women’s soccer team begins the conference season on Sunday, September 24th, heading south to Baltimore to take on UMBC at 1 p.m.
The game will be streamed online for free on AmericaEast.tv. For those looking to attend the game at the Retriever Soccer Park in Baltimore, tickets are available through the UMBC Athletics website.
UAlbany stands as the two-time defending America East Tournament champion and reigning America East regular season co-champion. The Great Danes are looking to snap a four-game losing streak, entering at 2-7 overall after a 3-0 defeat at Missouri on Sunday. UMBC also begins America East play on Sunday after a 1-1 tie game vs. Lehigh, standing at 2-4-3 overall.
All-time, UMBC leads the overall series 7-6-1. UAlbany won the last contest, a 2-0 victory at home on October 23, 2016, and is unbeaten in its last two games against the Retrievers.
These two programs have won three of the last four America East Tournament titles. UMBC won in 2013 while UAlbany took titles in 2015 and 2016.
NICK BOCHETTE TAKES OVER AS UALBANY HEAD COACH: Former associate head coach Nick Bochette has been promoted to serve as head coach of the UAlbany women’s soccer team.
Bochette has been with the program the last four years, including the last two as the associate head coach and the previous two as the first assistant coach under Caitlin Cucchiella. Together, they led UAlbany women’s soccer to its first two America East Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances.
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 20 goals in their career, second all-time at UAlbany. She is three goals away from tying for first in goals with Shayla Bergeron, who had 23 goals from 2010-12.
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 first eight games, Andrea Leitner has started the last five with a 60.7% save rate and 2.20 goals allowed average. Sophia Chen has started three times at a 52.9% save rate and 2.67 goals allowed average.
TRAVELING DANES: UAlbany’s players come from eight states and three continents. States represented include the home state of New York plus Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Texas, plus the team has players from Australia, Canada and Germany.
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 OPPONENT: Four UMBC players have a pair of goals each, including freshman forward Christina Corbi, who has five points off two goals and an assist. Sophomore forward Nikki Saad has a team-high three assists and 20 shots. Junior Leah Roth has played every minute in goal for UMBC with an 81.8% save rate and a 1.01 goals allowed average.