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Danes Break Hartwick on Senior Night

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The University at Albany men’s soccer team closed out their regular season home schedule with a 2-0 win over non-conference opponent Hartwick Tuesday at Casey Stadium on senior night.

After a quiet first half, the Great Danes finally broke through the Hartwick defense in the 26th minute.

Carlos Clark’s through ball intended for Alfonso Pinhero was deflected right into the path of Nico Solabarrito who placed the ball right past the extended reach of the goalie right into the bottom right side of the goal for his fifth goal of the year.

At the end of the first half, the two teams only had five shots total on goal, three from Hartwick and two from UAlbany, each team with only one shot on goal.

The Great Danes broke through the Hartwick defense again in the 53rd minute as they started to take more control of the game. This time is was Solabarrito again, setting up the goal for freshman Tommy Quirk who went opposite the goalie scoring his first goal of the year and his first career goal.

“I think we didn’t start playing that well in the first half, but then when we scored we got more confidence and started playing the ball,” Solabarrito said, who almost scored another goal as time expired and the Hartwick goalie made an outstretched save.

UAlbany out shot Hartwick 5-3 in the second half.

“We’re very happy to get a win on our home finale and on senior night. I thought we scored two good goals. We took them well; we were opportunistic,” Coach Gorman said after the win. “Happy with the result and we’re looking forward to getting back on the road.”

UAlbany improved to 11-4 on the 2017 season and 7-1 at home. Five of those wins being shutouts and outscoring their opponents 18-4 over the course of the year.

Hartwick fell to 7-7-1 on the year.

Before the game, five seniors from the UAlbany team were honored on senior night. Kaz Boschen, Moosah Khanat, Jeff Medina, Pinherio and Lucas Vallilo took part in a short ceremony before the game to honor the seniors on the field with their families.

“These seniors gave so much to our program. They were here when the program first started, when we didn’t have any titles and I think it’s really amazing to give them this last win at home before the playoffs because they deserve it,” Solabarrito said.

“The past three years I would look at the seniors in the little hallway that we would make for them and I never would have thought my time would come so fast,” senior Afonso Pinherio said, the leading goal scorer on the team. “Now you look back, some great memories with the guys, it goes by so fast that you try to tell the younger guys so that they won’t take it for granted.”

The Great Danes travelled to Stony Brook on Saturday where they were held to a scoreless 0-0 draw with their conference rivals. This was the Great Danes’ first draw of the year.

The Danes close out their America East regular season conference schedule on Wednesday night in Binghamton where they will take on the Binghamton Bearcats before the playoffs start.

Elijah Casper is a sports reporter for the Albany Student Press and co-anchor on ATV 360.

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