Stony Brook Nets Big Conference Win Over Albany

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Chelsie DePonte celebrates in a win over Albany. Photo: Jim Harrison/Stony Brook Athletics

Stony Brook is back at the top of the America East women’s soccer standings following its 3-1 home win over Albany on a windy Thursday night at LaValle Stadium.

Paula Petri, Chelsie DePonte and Fanny Götesson each scored for the Seawolves, which handed Albany its first conference loss of the season. The win was Stony Brook’s (10-5-0, 4-1-0 America East) first over Albany since 2015.

“UAlbany was a very well-coached team and they are a handful offensively,” said Tobias Bischof, Stony Brook’s head coach. “We thought we had a good gameplan and we did a good job of following it, taking advantage of the chances we had. We work on set pieces a lot in practice so it was nice to see us take advantage tonight.”

The evening did not start well for Stony Brook. The Great Danes grabbed an early lead as Leah Pais’ goal in the 16th minute gave the visitors a 1-0 lead. 

However, the Seawolves would bounce back just five minutes later. A set-piece kick from some 40 yards out from Petri floated into the six-yard box. Albany keeper Sophia Chen hesitated to come off her line and the ball slipped past her and into the back of the net to level the game at one. The goal was the freshman’s first of her college career.

The match would remain tied at 1 as the clocked neared the hour mark.

In the 59th minute, Stony Brook would again take advantage of a setpiece. A corner kick from freshman Catharina von Drigalski would be headed home by DePonte to give the Seawolves a 2-1 lead. The goal was her fourth of the season.

Götesson would give Stony Brook some breathing room as she scored her fourth of the season in the 85th minute to give her team a two-goal lead.

The Seawolves hit the road on Sunday afternoon for a 1 p.m. match up with Vermont.