Danes soccer take Umass-Lowell
By Carl Straud-Collard
The University at Albany men’s soccer team defeated the University of Massachusetts- Lowell 3-1 for their first America East conference win of the season Wednesday night at Bob Ford Field. It was the first time these two programs have met in a Division I contest.
The Great Danes got off to a quick start offensively against the River Hawk’s defense. Brandon Wilson, a junior forward, almost scored on an empty net during the 2nd minute of the 1st half when a River Hawk deflected his shot at the last second. Just moments later, Wilson saw another attempt on goal and failed to disappoint, nailing it past UMass-Lowell goalie Chris Maierle into the far post of the net, giving UAlbany the 1-0 advantage in just the fourth minute of regulation.
Wilson’s opening goal was the earliest scored by UAlbany in a match this season and just the third time the Danes scored in the 1st half. Midfielder Phil Denara recorded the assist to Wilson, who ended the game with six shots and now leads the team with six points and three goals this season.
After both teams went scoreless for the remainder of the first half, the River Hawks answered back in the 60th minute with an unassisted Homero Morais goal that ensued from a scramble in front of the Great Danes’ net. Morais took advantage of a poor UAlbany clearance and snuck the ball behind freshman goalkeeper Eric Orologio to notch the game-tying goal.
The Danes refused to settle into a 1-1 game, responding in a flash as forward Leonardo Rodrigues headed in a cross from midfielder Pomare Te Anau from 18 yards out.
Just three minutes later, the game witnessed its final goal as the UAlbany added some comfort to their lead when senior defensemen Thomas Manz put in a rebound off a Phillip Persson corner kick. This goal would secure the victory for the Danes and put the nail in the coffin for the River Hawks.
UAlbany finished the match with 20 total shots, 11 more than their UMass-Lowell.
With just their third home victory of the season and first win in conference play, the Great Danes saw their offense come to life with a season-high three goals and three assists. The Danes extended their unbeaten streak to three games following the victory.
UAlbany head coach Trevor Gorman was very pleased his team’s performance.
“We knew what we needed to do and we’re pleased to get tonight’s result. It’s good to create chances and to see the ball go in the back of the net, especially against a conference opponent. Overall, it was a very positive outcome.”
The Great Danes (3-8-3, 1-2-1 AE) traveled to the University of Vermont where they will took on the Catamounts (7-3-3, 1-2-0 AE) in their next America East gameSaturday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. The Danes ended their three game streak with a 2-1 loss against Vermont.
Men’s soccer will face Syracuse on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at home.