Thursday, October 7, 2010

University of Albany's Shayla Bergeron Rallies Women's Soccer Past New Hampshire - UAlbany Sports 2010

Albany, N.Y. - Shayla Bergeron came off the bench and netted two goals, including the game-winning tally in the 88th minute, as UAlbany rallied to register a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over New Hampshire in America East Conference women's soccer action on Thursday, Oct. 7 at Varsity Field. The Great Danes, which outshot the Wildcats by a lopsided 24-12 margin, earned their first America East win.

UAlbany had two early chances to get on the scoreboard first. Despina Psomopoulos faked out a defender and took a shot from just outside the six which was corralled by goalkeeper Erica Correa. Just one minute later, Psomopoulos sent a through ball down the middle to Chelsea DeVerna, but Correa charged out to the top of the box to stuff the shot.

After failing to capitalize on their early opportunities, the teams traded goals in a span of 2:25. New Hampshire (5-6-3, AE 1-2-0) scored first when Chelsea Kuss stole the ball from the UAlbany defense and sent a short cross over to Stephanie Gilkenson, who lobbed a shot over the outstretched arms of Breanna Maggio in the 28th minute. However, UAlbany had a quick answer as Shayla Bergeron took a pass down the right sideline from Kendra Harrell-Vigil and raced in all alone against Correa. The sophomore faked out the Wildcat goalkeeper and fired a laser to the back of the open net to tie the match before halftime.

UAlbany outshot New Hampshire, 13-4, in the last 45 minutes and was in complete control throughout the second frame. Chelsea DeVerna almost put the Great Danes ahead in the 52nd minute when she lobbed a shot from outside the box that hit the crossbar. With time winding down in regulation, Bergeron was able to break the deadlock by collecting the ball after it was bobbled by Correa and firing a shot to the back of the unprotected goal. Her team-leading seventh goal of the season sealed the final outcome and allowed the Great Danes to escape with their first league victory.

Maggio made four saves on 12 chances for UAlbany to earn her fifth win of the season. New Hampshire's Correa stopped seven of the 24 shots she saw in the losing effort.

UAlbany (6-6-1, AE 1-1-1) will look to record its second straight victory and extend its unbeaten streak to three matches when it travels to face Binghamton on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Paw Prints: UAlbany's Shayla Bergeron and New Hampshire's Amy Avitable were named the players of the game ... Bergeron has netted seven of the team's 14 goals, including three of the six game winners, this season ... She also has two multi-goal games ... Great Dane goalkeeper Breanna Maggio established a Division I program record by registering her eighth career victory ... UAlbany has won three straight matches against New Hampshire after dropping the first seven meetings.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

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