Friday, May 21, 2010

Nine Home Matches and San Diego Trip Highlight 2010 UAlbany Men's Soccer Schedule

Albany, N.Y. - University at Albany head men's soccer coach Johan Aarnio announced on Thursday, May 20 the program's schedule for the 2010 season. The Great Danes, who compete in the America East Conference, will play a 16-match schedule, which includes nine home dates at Varsity Field and a September West Coast trip.

UAlbany's nine-game non-conference slate, which includes seven opponents who posted a winning percentage of .500 or better last year, begins on the road at Fairfield on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. The Stags recorded a winning ledger of 9-7-2 in 2009 and advanced to the semifinal round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament.

The first of two four-game homestands begins on Saturday, Sept. 4 when the Great Danes host St. Francis, N.Y. at 1 p.m. The Terriers finished second in the Northeast Conference regular-season standings last season before they were upset in the semifinal round of the league tournament. The home stretch continues against NJIT on Wednesday, Sept. 8 and concludes with matches against Colgate on Sunday, Sept. 12 and crosstown-rival Siena on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

The Great Danes will embark on a three-game road trip, its longest of the season, beginning on Saturday, Sept. 18 against Hartwick. The Hawks posted a 10-4-4 ledger last season, falling in the championship game of the Mid-American Conference Tournament to top-ranked Akron by a 2-1 decision. The Great Danes then trek to California to play San Diego on Friday, Sept. 24 and San Diego State on Sunday, Sept. 26. The nationally-ranked Toreros of San Diego made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

After wrapping up non-league play with a home match against Holy Cross on Wednesday, Oct. 4, UAlbany opens up America East Conference action at Hartford on Saturday, Oct. 2. The Great Danes will also match up against New Hampshire, last year's regular-season winner, and Boston University on the road. The squad will play host to four league opponents in a row, beginning with Stony Brook, the reigning tournament champion, on Friday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. Conference foes UMBC, Binghamton and Vermont will also visit Varsity Field.

Aarnio enters his 11th season at the helm of the Great Dane program. He will oversee a club which returns seven starters, headlined by Bo Jelovac, the squad's leading scorer last season, and goalkeeper Adrian Foncette, the team's most valuable player.


2010 University at Albany Men's Soccer Schedule

September - 1 (Wed.), at Fairfield, 7:00; 4 (Sat.), St. Francis, N.Y., 1:00; 8 (Wed.), NJIT, 4:00; 12 (Sun.), Colgate, 1:00; 15 (Wed.), Siena, 4:00; 18 (Sat.), at Hartwick, 7:00; 24 (Fri.), at San Diego, 10:00; 26 (Sun.) at San Diego State, 3:00; 29 (Wed.) Holy Cross, 4:00.

October - 2 (Sat.), at Hartford*, 7:00; 8 (Fri.), Stony Brook*, 3:00; 13 (Wed.), UMBC*, 3:00; 16 (Sat.) Binghamton*, 2:00; 23 (Sat.) Vermont*, 2:00; 27 (Wed.) at New Hampshire*, 2:30; 30 (Sat.) at Boston U.*, TBA.

*America East Conference Opponent
All Times Eastern

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

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