Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Foncette's Point-Blank Save in Final Minutes Salvages 0-0 Tie for Men's Soccer at Vermont

Burlington, Vt. - Adrian Foncette made four saves, including one from point-blank range in the final minutes, as UAlbany battled Vermont to a 0-0 double-overtime tie in America East Conference men's soccer action on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at Centennial Field.

After playing to a scoreless draw at Varsity Field last season and a 1-0 decision which also ended in double overtime at Vermont in 2007, the two teams appeared to be destined to produce the same low-scoring outcome from the opening kick. Neither side could put a shot on net through the first 45 minutes of play. While the teams combined for seven shots on the cage in the second half, almost all of them were harmless attempts from outside the box.

Vermont (1-6-5, AE 1-0-2), which knocked off a nationally-ranked opponent for the sixth straight season with a 3-1 win over #18 UMBC in its America East opener, had a huge opportunity to net the golden goal in the waning minutes of the second extra session. Rem Kielman took a through ball on the left side and only had Foncette standing in his way. However, the sophomore made a diving save on the shot which was scorched from the top of the box to preserve the tie.

UAlbany's Foncette faced 16 shots in earning his second shutout of the season and fifth of his career. Vermont's Tom Critz turned away four of the 15 shots he faced to record his second clean sheet of the fall.

UAlbany will conclude its three-game road swing against America East opponents when it visits Stony Brook on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

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