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Mike Reidy scored twice and Alex Weekes had a goal and an assist to lead Colgate to a 3-1 win over UAlbany in non-conference men's soccer action on Friday, Sept. 11 at Varsity Field. Great Dane goalkeeper Adrian Foncette set a Division I program record for making 16 saves in the loss.

Colgate (3-1), which has made two straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament and was picked to win its third consecutive Patriot League title in the preseason coaches' poll, had the first major scoring chance of the match in the 10th minute. Chris Ross fired a shot from outside the box which was saved by Foncette, and Weekes' attempt to pot a goal on the rebound was once again denied by Foncette.

Shortly after Ross' second attempt from just outside the box hit the post and was cleared away, the Raiders were able to get on the scoreboard in the 20th minute. Leach took a shot from the right corner which was saved by Foncette, but Weekes, who was named to the Herman Trophy watch list for national player of the year honors, got to the rebound first and sent the ball to the far post. UAlbany's Claudio Dantas attempted to tie the score when he had a one-on-one opportunity with goalkeeper Chris Miller in the 21st minute, but his shot went wide right.

Colgate, which held a 1-0 advantage at the break, was able to double its lead in the 48th minute on an indirect kick taken from outside the box. Ross tapped the ball with the top of his foot, and Weekes sent a laser on goal which was stopped by Foncette. However, Reidy collected the short rebound and shot it to the right post to give the visitors a 2-0 advantage.

The Raiders increased their advantage to three goals in the 61st minute when Reidy redirected a shot which was attempted by Chris Salmon. Foncette made an initial stop on the play, but the ball continued rolling slowly until it found the back of the net.

UAlbany (0-3-1) got on the scoreboard in the 70th minute when the squad was awarded an indirect kick from outside the right corner of the box. Dantas made a cross to Ian Peach, who headed in his first goal of the season to the far post. Foncette made four more saves, including some from point-blank range, before the final horn sounded signaling the end of regulation.

The 16 stops made by UAlbany's Foncette on 25 chances broke the previous Division I standard of 14 set by Bouna Coundoul, who is currently a goalkeeper for the New York Red Bulls, on Sept. 3, 2003 against Syracuse. Colgate's Miller made five saves on 19 chances to earn the victory.

UAlbany wraps up this weekend's homestand on Sunday, Sept. 13 when it hosts Fairfield, which won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament last year, at 4 p.m.

Colgate (3-1)           1      2      -      3
UAlbany (0-3-1)       0      1      -      1

Colgate: Scoring - Mike Reidy (2-0), Alex Weekes (1-1), Jeff Leach (0-1), Chris Salmon (0-1). Goalkeeping - Chris Miller (90:00, 1 GA, 5 saves).
UAlbany: Scoring - Ian Peach (1-0), Claudio Dantas (0-1). Goalkeeping - Adrian Foncette (90:00, 3 GA, 16 saves).