By Christian Hince | August 29, 2022
In Friday’s weather delayed home opener, University at Albany failed to register a single goal against the visiting Bears, falling to Brown University 2-0. The result is the Danes’ third straight loss to open the season, while Brown begins the year at 1-0.
After inclement weather turned the match’s noon kickoff into a 5:30 p.m. one, the Bears landed both of their blows early. In the sixth minute, Sheyenne Allen found Brittany Raphino on a cross redirected into the low far corner, only to be followed up 12 minutes later when Kayla Duran connected with Kira Maguire.
The two groups traded several scoreless shots before halftime, including a 23rd minute turn-around attempt by Olivia Piraino, who led UAlbany with three shots, all on target.
The Danes managed just two shots in an offensively barren second half, one of them being a 90th minute attempt by Marisa Tava. Neither came in the vicinity of Brown goalkeeper, Claire Gagne.
Brown is the first team to outshoot UAlbany this season, with the Bears’ 12 attempts outnumbering the Danes’ seven.
Despite the result, UAlbany coach Sade Ayinde came out of Friday optimistic. "I am proud of the way our players competed against a team that will no doubt be looking to win another Ivy League championship this fall,” she said. “These are the types of games that we want during non conference play to help us grow and get better.”
The Danes’ search for their first win of the season continues Sunday at Hofstra University.