Defensive Battle Ends in First Tie of the Season for Great Danes


(Photo Credit: Jay Bendlin)

By Akin Taylor | October 25, 2021


On Sunday, the Great Danes men's soccer team hosted UMBC Retrievers. Despite doubling the Retrievers on shots and shots on goal.The match went into double overtime resulting in a 1-1 draw, its first tie of the season.


UAlbany's first scoring chance came in the sixth minute. The Great Danes drew a free-kick deep in UMBC territory. Forward Austin DaSilva took an attempt on goal with the free-kick, and his shot ricocheted off the top left corner of the goal frame.


Later in the half, UMBC scored in the 31st minute when Taylor Calheira took a shot off the left post. The ball bounced back to William Forby, who took a shot on an open net to go up 1-0.


Four minutes later, UAlbany responded. Jones charged a UAlbany serve and made contact with Andrew Weiner in the box. The ensuing loose ball landed at Vinicius Giannaccini's feet, who pushed a pass to Giuliano Lucca in front of an open net with Jones still out of position to tie the game at one. Giuliano Lucca scored his second goal of the season.


Neither team scored in the second half the game proceeded to overtime tied at one. UAlbany outshot UMBC 3-0 in the first period and 4-2 in total but was unable to break through, while its defense prevented the Retrievers from doing the same.


Head coach Trevor Gorman wasn't fully satisfied or disappointed with the team's offensive performance. "We have to be pleased with today's performance, if not completely satisfied with the result,” said Gorman. “Our guys were on the front foot, had control of the game, had 21 shots, and created a lot of good chances. Sometimes that still doesn't get the three points though and we will focus on positives heading into the important games ahead."


The Danes will try to rebound, traveling down to Hamilton Village to play Colgate University Raiders Wednesday night.



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