Albany rallies past Vermont
Two late own-goals prove to be demise of Catamounts
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- In an America East Conference quarterfinal match won't soon be forgotten sixth-seeded Albany rallied past third-seeded Vermont to capture a 3-2 victory on Saturday afternoon.
With four minutes remaining and Vermont leading 2-1 nearly everyone at Centennial Field believed the game was over. However, back-to-back own-goals in a three minute span by Catamount defenders capped for the win for the Great Danes. First-year head coach Trevor Gorman grabbed his first postseason win and the just the second overall in program history.
With Vermont (9-7-1) ahead 1-0 at the half, Albany looked to tie the match. In the 63rd minute co-captain David Pinto was pressuring the Catamount defense. He sent a crossing pass inside the box to teammate Brandon Wilson, who headed the ball towards the net, but was denied by Vermont goalkeeper David Ramada. Then, in the 76th minute, Pomare Te Anau hit Wilson with a pass who finished into the back of the net to even the score at 1-1.
In the 86th minute, Albany (6-9-3) experienced déjà vu when Vermont's DJ Edler delivered the go-ahead goal with a header off a free kick, which he did to the Great Danes twice earlier in the regular season, that looked to take the wind out of the Great Dane sails. With Albany down a goal and just four minutes remaining, the match seemed to be over. However, in the 87th minute, Te Anau sent a crossing pass into the box looking for one of his teammates, but found a Vermont defender who redirected it in his own goal to tie the game 2-2 with about three minutes remaining.
The Great Danes continued pressuring the Catamount defense, and in the 89th minute as Albany's Te Anau chipped a pass inside the goalkeeper box. Ramada struck it away from the net, only to have it redirected by his own defender's back to give UAlbany the eventual game-winner.
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Physical play highlighted the first half with Vermont getting the first shot in net. In the 15th minute the Catamounts Joe Losier carried the ball inside the 18-yard box and made a crossing pass that eluded the first Vermont offender but found the foot of Zach Paul, whose shot hit the inner part of the cross bar to grab the early 1-0 lead.
Albany led in corners, 5-1, and the teams were even in shots at eight apiece. Vermont's Ramada recorded three saves on six chances, while UAlbany's Foncette didn't record a save and allowed two goals.