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UAlbany Gives Strong Defensive Effort, Comes Up Short to URI 1-0

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UAlbany Gives Strong Defensive Effort, Comes Up Short to URI 1-0

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KINGSTON, R.I. – Despite 10 saves from Jackie Ubert, a Samantha Leyh header goal in the 27th minute off a corner kick gave Rhode Island a 1-0 victory over the UAlbany women’s soccer team on Sunday afternoon.

“This was our best and most exciting game as a team this season,” says UAlbany coach Caitlin Colfer.  “Unfortunately we had one mistake on a set piece, but throughout the day we were better as a whole, connecting passes and making opportunities for ourselves.”

The Great Danes (1-8) pushed in the early minutes, keeping possession near the 18-yard box.  Caitlyn Paltsios turned around just outside the box on the right side and shot the ball, but missed wide.

In the 12th minute, Alexa Schneider took the ball on the left side of the box, kicking it off a defender to earn a corner.  Aubrey VanGorder’s corner was blocked by a defender near post, ending the chance.

For the Rams (5-5), Donika Murray got loose for a 1-on-2, but goalkeeper Ubert and Leanne Miller kept her in front.  Ubert fell on the ball before a shot came off.

UAlbany tried to counter as Paltsios drove the ball near the length of the field.  Miller came up will a long shot, going right to the keeper.  Getting the ball back soon-after, Schneider took a shot just outside the cage, that also being saved by URI goalie Chelsea Broghamer.

An unfortunate break for UAlbany occurred in the 21st minute.  Helena Olafsdottir found Kari Quinn alone in the box.  Quinn shot the ball and scored, but offsides was called, waiving off the goal.

Ubert protected the goal twice on long shots from the far side from Murray in a span of 63 seconds, earning saves on both.

URI earned its first corner when the clock struck 27:00.  Jennifer Barrientos sent the ball into the box, and after a couple of headers, Samantha Leyh kicked it into the top of the net for the goal, giving the Rams a 1-0 lead.

The Great Danes got a free kick after a yellow was issued to Sarah Warjas.  Stephanie Nelle kicked the ball looking for Quinn, but the ball went right of the net.  URI quickly countered as Barrientos shot from about 25 yards out, missing wide left.  Two minutes later, URI got a corner attempt.  Leyh got a head on the ball, sailing it high above the cage.

Another potential breakaway for URI came in the 36th minute as Devin Racca got the ball, only facing Nelle on the right side.  Nelle kicked the ball hard off Racca’s leg out of bounds for the goal kick, stopping the play.  Score stayed 1-0 URI at the half.

The first big chance came on a URI free kick.  The ball came into the left side of the goal box and was tapped by Lucy Gildein into Ubert’s arms for the save.

In minute 54, Paltsios fired on the goal from 27 yards away from right to left, with the shots being saved by the fingertips of the keeper.  VanGorder took a corner, but as the ball was headed away, Nelle had a second chance shot towards the center of the cage, but Messner made the save.

In a span of three minutes, URI got off four shots on four separate chances.  The first went wide, the next three were all saved by Ubert in the goal box.

Following a substitution, UAlbany pushed in its offensive side.  VanGorder crossed the ball to Paltsios outside the box, who kicked the ball just wide to the left.

UAlbany tried to counterattack after a URI corner kick was caught by Ubert.  After a good placement from Nelle from the back line, Paltsios moved from the midline towards the penalty box and kicked, but the ball went high above the cross bar.

Getting a free kick near the corner kick area, URI found Samantha Rice near the goal, who headed the ball high.

At the 85:43 mark, UAlbany pushed and earned a corner kick, Schneider put a head on the ball, but the attempt went just wide right.

Ubert protected a last minute shot against Nicole Brennan and tried to send it downfield, but the Great Danes did not get another shot off.  URI got the win 1-0 over UAlbany.

“The result does not reflect our play today, and I feel our demeanor and spirits are high going into conference play next weekend based on our performance,” says Colfer.

In her first start of the season, Ubert got the loss but made 10 saves in the match.  Miller led the Great Danes with two shots on goal.

For URI, Leyh made her fifth goal of the season.  The win went to Broghamer, who had three saves in the first half.

UAlbany begins America East play next weekend, hosting Hartford at Bob Ford Field at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 29th.

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