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Men's Soccer Falls at Army West Point

By Mehki King | September 15, 2023

Great Dane defender Santiago Frias contesting for the ball.

Photo Credit: Bruce Dudek/UAlbany Athletics

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the University at Albany men’s soccer team fell in a 1-0 defeat against Army West Point, moving to 3-3 for the season. The hosting Black Knights moved to 2-3 with their victory.

The Great Danes started the match aggressively, with three shots blocked by the Army defense and another shot hitting the crossbar before the 21st minute. In the 33rd minute, Army’s Sean Adu-Gyamif slide tackled UAlbany forward Saad Faiz, undercutting Faiz’s legs. Adu-Gyamif received a straight red card and Army was forced to play with 10 men for the remainder of the match, giving UAlbany a one-man advantage.

Despite UAlbany’s seven shots to start the second half, a long ball forward by Army in the 65th minute led to a foot race between UAlbany Defender Tiago Dias and Army's D'Anthony Brown. UAlbany goalkeeper Shafique Wilson stepped up from the goal line and the three players collided in the penalty area, resulting in a yellow card for Dias and a penalty kick for Army. Army’s Cooper Warren stepped up and slotted the ball to the right corner past Wilson, giving Army a 1-0 lead.

UAlbany outshot Army 23-5 hitting the crossbar three times, having six shots blocked by the Army defense. Despite their impressive onslaught, the Great Danes couldn’t find an equalizer, losing the match.

“It's always frustrating when you control a game and don't get a result,” UAlbany head coach Trevor Gorman said. “It's a match we should have won, and that will be tough to process, but we move on to the next one this weekend.”

UAlbany visits defending Ivy League champion Penn on Saturday.


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