Fitzpatrick sets new assist record during 2-1 victory
By Lamya Zikry
With Krista Fitzpatrick assisting goals for the University at Albany Women’s Soccer team, UAlbany defeated Binghamton 2-1 on Thursday night, Oct. 1 in the conference home opener at Bob Ford Field.
Fitzpatrick set a new assists record for the program. It was between Fitzpatrick, Schneider, and Kiana Rugar.
“It’s exciting to set a new program record. We were close all season so we were joking around on who’s going to beat it first. And it’s our first conference win so it feels really good,” Fitzpatrick said.
Head Coach Caitlin Cucchiella said she’s happy to get the win. She thinks the weather played a a factor in how they came out but it’s a good learning experience for them.
“It wasn’t our best performance but we found a way to win and get the result,” she said.
Out of 10 shots on goal for Binghamton (1-9-1, 0-2-0 AE), Alana Brennan saved nine. UAlbany (6-5-1, 1-0-1 AE) didn’t have as many shots, but were able to score two.
Schneider thinks it’s really positive that they were able to pull out the 2-1 win. “It definitely wasn’t our best game, but to be able to pull out a win when we weren’t our best is still a really positive thing,” she said. She says they trained really hard on set pieces and crosses. Both their goals came off set pieces which she says shows what they had done in practice worked.
Albany managed to pick up a few corner kicks in the sixth minute but the attempts weren’t enough for a goal. Then Binghamton had a few shots, all saved by Brennan. Both teams tried initiating play in the midfield, but neither got a strong offensive chance.
In minute 43, a free kick by Fitzpatrick was deflected by the keeper to Schneider for a rebound kick right into the net, making the score 1-0 going into halftime.
“We weren’t playing that well and they had a lot of opportunities. I think it’s good when you’re not getting a lot of opportunities but then the momentum automatically switches once you get that first goal, so I think that was huge before halftime,” said Schneider.
Binghamton took advantage of the wind in the second half but Albany got the first chance at a goal. Rugar aimed for the goal 25 yards out, but goal-keeper Katie Hatziyanis caught the ball.
In minute 68, Binghamton’s Aly Falinski scored her first goal of the season. A free kick by Katherine Corcoran was blocked by Brennan which lead to a corner kick by Falinski that was deflected by UAlbany, giving Falinski a second shot and the ball went into the left post tying the game at 1-1.
Fitzpatrick got a free kick five minutes later. It deflected off of Schneider to Vivian Vega, who shot the ball into the right post putting UAlbany in the lead 2-1.
There were a few more attempts by Binghamton but none held, leading to the Great Danes’ victory.
Cucchiella thinks Binghamton is a good team and they were definitely challenging at times so she’s happy to get the result. “I think Binghamton at times put us under some good pressure,” she said.
Schneider couldn’t agree more. “They pressured us a lot. It was hard to get on the ball for three or four touches which made us get out of our game for a little bit,” she said. Once they adjusted they were able to play. “But props for them for being able to get us out of our game,” said Schneider.
UAlbany will be on the road for the next two games. Their next home game will be Thursday, Oct. 15 at Bob Ford Field.