Albany, N.Y.— The UMBC men's soccer team suffered a 2-0 setback at the hands of Albany on Saturday night. The Great Danes scored twice in the second half, after both teams played a scoreless first half. The Retrievers fall to 4-5-3, 0-4-0 AE on the year.
The Great Danes (8-3-2, 3-0-1 AE) got the scoring started in the 72nd minute, as a cross from Daniel Krutzen found the head of Luke Palmateer, who put it in the net to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Albany would strike again just 13 minutes later, as Nico Solabarrieta got a ball played to him on the right side, and he slotted it home to give Albany a 2-0 lead.
Albany outshot UMBC 19-7 and had a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. Senior Billy Heavner (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) made four saves in net for the Retrievers in the loss.
Freshman Tre Pulliam (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) had the best Retriever chance in the second half, after he got loose in the box, but his shot was saved by Danny Vitiello, his only save of the night.
The Retrievers had plenty of good chances in the first half. Junior Gregg Hauck (Linthincum, Md./North County) had a shot go just wide just ten minutes in. The junior captain would strike just minutes later, with a header that went just over the crossbar.
Albany had their best chance of the period on a shot off a corner kick that was blocked, with the follow up shot being saved by senior keeper Billy Heavner to keep things scoreless.
Freshman Tre McCalla (Scarborough, Ontario/Senator O'Connor) had the best opportunity by either side, as his shot from 16 yards out sailed just over the crossbar as time expired.
The Great Danes held a 5-3 advantage in shots in the opening stanza, with UMBC keeper Billy Heavner making the only save by either side in the half.
UMBC is back on the pitch on Tuesday, Oct. 18 when they head to Annapolis to take on Navy at 7 p.m.