Sunday, August 31, 2014

University of Albany Men’s Soccer Wraps Up JMU Invitational With 3-1 Victory Over James Madison - UAlbany Sports 2014

Courtesy: UA Sports HARRISONBURG, Va. – University at Albany men’s soccer (1-0-1) started strong and maintained the lead throughout the game in a 3-1 win at James Madison (0-2-0). “Today was a good performance from our entire squad,” said head coach Trevor Gorman. “Everyone played an important role and it was nice to see us score some quality goals against a tough opponent on the road.” UAlbany wasted no time getting on the board just 10 minutes into the game. Leo Melgar recorded the first goal of 2014 in dramatic fashion, coming up on the right end of a service and knocking it in while still on the ground. The sophomore from Brazil tallied his second career goal on the service by Keith Traut. Traut earned his first career point. “We bounced back from Friday’s draw with a full team effort to give us the win we were hungry for,” said Traut. “It took every player we had to put in the performance for a very good win to start off our season.” Ten minutes later Jonathan Interiano nearly made the score 2-0, as he found himself in a one-on-one situation with the James Madison keeper. The Dukes goalie managed to come off his line and make the save. Jake Barros notched his first career goal as a Great Dane, as he was left all alone on the left side. Phil Denara found the freshman with plenty of space and just the goalie to beat. Barros gave the Purple & Gold a 2-0 lead going into halftime. Melgar and classmate Bernardo Mattos both had shots go over the bar to open the second half. Anthony Rozzano gave the Great Danes a comfortable 3-0 lead after converting on a penalty kick with 20 minutes remaining. Denara continued to excel on the service late in the game, nearly connecting with Mattos for a header to score. The James Madison goalie stepped in to make the save on the far side. UAlbany emerges from opening weekend undefeated for the first time since 2010. The Purple & Gold finished second at the James Madison Invitational after going 1-0-1. Tim Allen and Jake Barros were named to the JMU Invitational All-Tournament Team. Trevor Gorman’s squad returns to Bob Ford Field for a three-game homestand beginning Friday. The Great Danes will play the second half of a doubleheader featuring both UAlbany soccer teams against Colgate at 7:30 p.m.

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