UAlbany Women's Soccer Hosts Vermont for AE Tournament Quarterfinals
ALBANY, N.Y. – The 3-seed and two-time defending conference champion UAlbany women’s soccer team begins its title defense on Thursday, October 26th, hosting 6-seed Vermont at 7 p.m. for the America East Tournament quarterfinal round at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.
Tickets for the game are $8 for adults, $5 for youth and $2 for students from America East institutions. All parties may park in the Dutch lot for the game.
The game will be broadcast live online for free on AmericaEast.tv. Kelly O’Donnell and Trevor Gorman will have the call from Casey Stadium.
UAlbany tied for third place in the America East, coming into the America East Tournament with a three-game winning streak after a 1-0 victory at Stony Brook on Thursday. The Great Danes enter at 6-10-1 overall and 4-3-1 in the America East. Vermont notched its own victory vs. Stony Brook on Sunday, a 2-0 home win, to pick up the final spot in the America East Tournament. The Catamounts are 7-8-2 overall and 3-4-1 in the league.
UAlbany has won five straight games against Vermont, including a 1-0 shutout victory in Burlington on October 12th. All-time, Vermont leads the series 9-10-2. In the America East Tournament, UAlbany is 2-0-1 vs. Vermont, including winning 2-1 in overtime in the 2015 semifinal round at Casey Stadium; all three matchups between the two teams in the America East Tournament have gone into overtime.
The victor of this game will play at 2-seed Binghamton on Sunday, October 29th at 1 p.m. in Vestal for the America East Tournament semifinal. On the other side of the bracket, 4-seed Hartford will host 5-seed Stony Brook on Thursday, with the victor playing at 1-seed New Hampshire on Sunday.
UALBANY DRAWS 3-SEED INTO AMERICA EAST TOURNAMENT: After picking up just four points in its opening five games, UAlbany earned three consecutive wins to earn the 3-seed in the America East Tournament for a home game in the quarterfinal round.
The two-time conference tournament champion has earned a home game in every America East Tournament since 2014. Since then, UAlbany is 4-0 in home games in the America East Tournament.
VEGA - TIED FOR FIRST ALL-TIME IN GOALS AT UALBANY: Vivian Vega, who scored the game-winning goal against Hartford for the 2016 America East title, stands with 23 goals in their career, tied for first all-time at UAlbany with Shayla Bergeron, who had 23 goals from 2010-12. Vega earned her 23rd goal on October 5th in the 1-1 draw vs. Hartford.
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 season, Andrea Leitner has started 14 with a 73.8% save rate and 1.53 goals allowed average. Sophia Chen has started three times at a 52.9% save rate and 2.67 goals allowed average.
KOPP WITH THE ASSIST: Caroline Kopp stands tied for fourth in the America East with four assists this year, along with Miranda Badovinac. Kopp also has 12 assists in her career, placing her fifth all-time in UAlbany history, four away from Kiana Rugar’s top mark of 16. Kopp had six assists in 2016, the fourth-highest single season assists mark in program history.
MIGHTY MARIAH: Mariah Williams is UAlbany’s top goal scorer this season with seven, including UAlbany’s first three goals this season and a hat trick vs. Maine. Including the two goals vs. UConn last season, Williams had a streak of five goals in a row for UAlbany. The junior has 17 career goals at UAlbany, tied for fifth all-time with the program.
LEITNER EARNS AMERICA EAST ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: After notching a shutout in a key victory over Stony Brook on Thursday, Andrea Leitner was selected as an America East Women’s Soccer Co-Rookie of the Week. Leitner stood in goal for UAlbany’s shutout victory over Stony Brook on Thursday night, earning nine saves.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT: Two midfielders lead Vermont in scoring: top goal-scorer junior Brooke Jenkins has five goals and two assists while top assistant senior Sarah Martin has three goals and five assists. Second in the America East with 6.06 saves per game, senior Coco Speckmaier has a 1.15 goals allowed average and an 83.3% save rate.