Men’s Soccer Falls To Albany In Overtime
ALBANY, NY – The University at Buffalo men's soccer team fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a tough 2-1 overtime loss to the University at Albany to complete a three-match, five-day stretch. The Bulls are 4-1-1 for the 2011 season.
Albany's Quintel Gates scored the game-winner for the Great Danes (2-2) with 40 seconds left in the first overtime session. Gates' first shot was blocked by UB goalkeeper Jonathan Viscosi. Gates was then able to scoop up the rebound and the put the ball into the net to end the match.
Joey Merlo scored his first goal of the season for the Bulls in the second half for UB's lone marker and forcing the extra time. Merlo took a pass from Nate Woods inside the box and fired the shot inside the left post at the 76:18 mark. It was also Woods' first assist of the season.
Albany opened the scoring in the 66th minute as David Pinto scored on a header. It was the first time this season that the Bulls had trailed in a match.
Viscosi stopped five shots for the Bulls while Albany keeper Adrian Foncette picked up seven saves. The Bulls were outshot by their hosts, 14-10, including a 4-1 margin in the overtime.
"Three games in five days finally caught up with us," said interim UB head coach David Hesch.
The Bulls will have some time to rest before their next road trip. UB travels to Colorado for a pair of matches next weekend as the Bulls face the University of Denver on Friday, September 16 and the Air Force Academy on Sunday, September 18.