Saturday's MAC Men's Soccer Result
Albany 1, Hartwick 0
Game story courtesy of Hartwick Sports Information Department
Albany 1, Hartwick 0
ONEONTA, NY - Bo Jelovac's goal in the 33rd minute held up as Albany defeated Hartwick in men's soccer 1-0 tonight on Elmore Field. The Great Danes improve to 4-2 on the season. The Hawks are still in search of their first win of 2010.
Christoffer Nisser started the lone goal of the night playing a ball from midfield into the box on the left side of the Hartwick goal. Jelovac fought through a couple Hawk backs and found himself one versus one with keeper Jake Wright (Los Angeles, CA/Cal State Northridge) and slipped it past him low to the far post.
The Hawks held an 18-13 edge in shots for the match. It marks the fourth straight game 'Wick has out-shot its opposition. Hartwick had its best opportunity of the first half on its first attempt on goal 4:34 into the contest. A flighted ball into the box was headed on goal by forward Dan Summers (Banstead, England/Sutton Grammar) but Albany keeper Adrian Foncette got his fingertip on the shot pushing the ball up and over the crossbar.
The Great Danes had a great opportunity in the 12th minute as a Hartwick foul in the box awarded them a penalty kick. Milos Jankovic took the kick firing a hard low shot to his left, but a diving Wright kept the ball out pushing the ball against the post and out for a corner kick. The first half would end with both teams even in shots at 5-5.
The Hawks had the better of play in the second half, out-shooting the Danes by a 13-8 margin. Senior midfielder Steven Amaya (Oakland Gardens, NY/MLK) had a hard, low shot from inside the box saved in the early going and Summers had an effort later in the stanza also turned away by Foncette. Senior Michael Cunningham (Dunedin, New Zealand/John McGlasham) had the last good chance for the Hawks in the final three minutes of regulation but his glancing header off a cross went just wide of the target.
Foncette ended the match with six saves to earn the clean sheet. Wright made five stops for the Hawks.
The game marked the ninth meeting all-time for the two programs dating back to 1977. Hartwick had won seven of the previous eight (7-0-1) prior to tonight's match.
The Hawks return to Elmore on Wednesday against the Marist Red Foxes before entertaining the Hartford Hawks next Saturday.