EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Defense shined in the boys soccer matchup between the Albany high school Falcons, and the Columbia high school Blue Devils Tuesday night. The two sides played to a 1-1 draw on Columbia’s home turf in East Greenbush, N.Y.

Columbia senior midfielder Kyle Hebler opened up the scoring in the first half with a goal to put the Blue Devils ahead 1-0.

Late in the first half, Albany scored the equalizer, and the game was tied 1-1 at halftime.

In the second half, defense reigned supreme, as neither side could scrape across a goal to take the advantage.

Both teams had opportunities to score, but were denied by the respective goalkeepers – Albany’s Brian Milligan, a senior, and Columbia’s Alexander Roy, a sophomore.

Roy delivered late in the match with a game-saving double save off an Albany corner kick, and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

Albany (2-0-2) returns home Thursday for their next game, welcoming in Shenendehowa for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff. Columbia (0-1-1) will host another home game Thursday, and square off with Niskayuna. Game time is scheduled for 4:15 p.m.