ALBANY, NY – Hartwick out-shot its hosts 14-13 for the match, but the Great Danes of Albany found the net three times in a 3-0 victory over the Hawks on Tuesday night at Bob Ford Field. The loss drops the Hawks to 4-3-2 overall on the year while the Danes up their season mark to 5-3-1.
“We played some really good stuff at times and created chances to score but didn’t,” said Hartwick coach John Scott. “Their coach said after the match that it was never a 3-0 game, but the difference was a few little moments where they did better than us to score versus us not conceding.”
After the opening 23 minutes of action with neither team creating any solid scoring chances, the Great Danes were awarded a penalty kick following a Hartwick foul in the box. Afonso Pinheiro took the kick, getting Hartwick keeper Lenny Wilson (Aberdeen, Scotland/Cults Academy) to dive to his left while slotting home to his right for a 1-0 lead.
Things opened up a bit in the waning minutes of the half. The Hawks had a chance after an Albany attempted clearance allowed the ball to go to Marc Berry (Galashiels, Scotland/Galashiels Academy) along the end line. He slid a pass to teammate Mike Rood (Conklin, NY/Susquehanna Valley) but his left-footed shot from 15 yards was right at Albany goalkeeper Eric Orologio.
’Wick opened the second half with a chance three and a half minutes in. A ’Wick corner sent in low was met by back Kit Tregear (Brighton, England/BHASVIC). His one-timer screamed to the near post but was just wide, hitting the side netting.
Albany got an insurance marker in the 77th minute. A long ball from the right flank near midfield from Pedro Espindola found its way to Jake Barros at the top of the penalty area. Wilson came out on the play but Barros got a foot to it first and it found its way into an empty goal.
Pinheiro got his second just over six minutes later. He received a ball from Phillip Persson and on the left side of the Hartwick box delivered a shot past a charging Wilson to close out the scoring.
The Hawks had a 10-8 edge in shots in the second half. They also had a 7-5 edge in corners for the match. Wilson would stop four shots for ’Wick. Orologio made three saves for the shutout for the Danes.
“We have to lift ourselves up from this and look to respond positively,” added Scott. “I have every confidence in the team to do so and I know they will be ready for Bryant on Saturday.
The Hawks play the Bulldogs at 1 p.m. in Smithfield, RI. Last season the Bulldogs came away with a 4-2 home win.