By: Akin Taylor | October 11, 2021
On Tuesday, the University Albany Great Danes men's Soccer Team traveled westward to Hanover, New Hampshire, to play the Dartmouth Big Green men's soccer team. The Great Danes ended up falling 1-0, ending their two-game winning streak.
Big Green started fast, nearly scoring in the first four minutes when drawn toward the middle led to a dribbler past UAlbany goalkeeper Carlos Tofern. The ball bounced softly off the far post and was cleared away before crossing the line, denying Dartmouth an early lead. Not long after, at 7:49, Great Danes forward Andrew Weiner got a shot off, but Dartmouth keeper Alex Budnik saved it.
Dartmouth kept up with the attack drawing a total of five first-half corner kicks. The Great Danes defense finally conceded in the 29th minute. Dartmouth's Louis Weisdorf served from the left corner towards the far post, where Bern Jenkins redirected the ball into the back of the net to put the Big Green up 1-0 for the half.
Immediately after the break, Dartmouth caught the UAlbany defense and Tofern out of position but missed the far shot on the open net high over the bar. Despite that shot, UAlbany dominated play overall in the second half, outshooting Dartmouth 11-5 and drawing eight corner kicks while allowing just one.
Great Danes Head Coach Trevor Gorman spoke on the assertive play in the second half. "We gave a very good second-half performance tonight. We played on the front foot, with tempo, and created many great chances. On another night we could have scored two or three,” said Gorman. “Unfortunately, our first half wasn't up to our standard and we dug ourselves a hole. We'll need to build on the second half on Saturday in a very important conference game."
The Great Danes will look to bounce back as they head to Connecticut to play the Hartford Huskies for their second game this week.