Women’s Soccer suffers yet another loss
UAlbany showed promise, but ultimately fell to the Binghamton Bearcats 2-0 Thursday evening.
By Lauren Mineau
University at Albany Women’s Soccer (1-11-1, 0-3-1 AE) suffered a tough 2-0 loss against the Binghamton Bearcats (6-4-2, 1-1-1 AE) on Thursday, Oct. 10 at Bob Ford Field.
Binghamton dominated the early possession, striking three shots within the first two and a half minutes of the first half.
Albany displayed its strong defense by blocking a free kick from Binghamton’s number 33, Stephani Church. The shot was followed by a great save from UAlbany’s Goalkeeper Alana Brennan, and a third shot hit the crossbar as the Great Danes survived the early scare.
The match witnessed its first goal of the game in the 22nd minute, when Katie Corcoran’s cross was put in the back of the net by Stephani Church, putting the Bearcats up 1-0.
Despite playing from behind, the Great Danes continued to show poise. Helena Olafsdottir made her presence known on the field where her aggression and strong defense helped prevent the Bearcats from producing any further threats on goal.
Brennan stood strong in the net, saving three consecutive shots in a row from the 23rd through the 25thminutes.
Despite not having a conference win on the board, UAlbany Brennan has certainly established her presence protecting the net, as she leads the America East in saves this season with 89 after saving 12 in Thursday’s game.
In the last five minutes of the first half, UAlbany’s defense remained strong. No. 21, Maggie Couett guarded the ball and kept Binghamton out of the net. The defense did a good job holding its ground, and the Great Danes entered the 2nd half still only down by a goal.
The Great Danes came out with a sense of urgency in the 2nd half. Kari Quinn saw some room and struck a bullet from about 25 yards out, but the Bearcats’ keeper Gaby Gold would have none of it, saving the ball and keeping her team ahead.
The Bearcats would shortly after extend their lead after a free kick by Connie Gormley found Emily Nuss in the penalty box, who then struck it towards the left side of the goal, giving the Bearcats a comfortable 2-0 lead.
In the 15th minute, a goal kick from Caitlyn Paltsios was quickly intercepted and possession was given back to Binghamton. Albany’s No. 5 Kari Quinn quickly took the ball back to the Bearcats goal, but was to no avail as she was stopped by goalie Stephanie Speirs. This would turn out to be the Great Danes last opportunity at finding the net, and the score ended at Bearcats 2, Great Danes 0.
Despite the loss, Ualbany showed promise with their fresh young squad. Quinn and Paltsios each had two shots and the defense displayed a strong performance throughout the game.
For the Bearcats, Church got her fourth goal of the year on her only shot, and Nuss had her second of the season on five shots. Carrie Martin got the win after playing the first half in goal.
The Great Danes looked to change their fate on Sunday, but were unable to as they lost yet again to Stony Brook 4-0